In a world filled with excuses, Shubham’s story stands as a testament to the power of perseverance, passion, and an unwavering commitment to one’s dreams. His journey is a reminder that circumstances may create hurdles, but they can never define the limits of one’s potential.
In the bustling suburbs of Mumbai, amidst the challenges of an underprivileged background, Shubham, 20, stands as an inspiring example of determination and resilience. Self-taught and passionate about health and fitness, he embarked on a transformative journey towards health and fitness 2 years ago when COVID struck the world. What was until then just an idea of being healthy and fit, became an increasing passion and internal call from within that led him to take up fitness more seriously.
Hailing from an underprivileged background in the bustling city of Mumbai, Shubham’s life was a stark contrast to the glossy fitness magazines and high-end gyms that often portray the world of health and wellness. Born into a family where every rupee counted, the idea of pursuing a career in fitness seemed like a distant dream. However, Shubham was not one to be deterred by circumstances.
The Spark of Transformation
At the tender age of 18, Shubham experienced a transformative moment that changed the course of his life forever. He chose to embrace a plant-based lifestyle, turning vegan. For Shubham, veganism was not just about a dietary choice; it was a conscious decision rooted in a deep understanding of animal cruelty and a burning desire to contribute to the well-being of our planet. A student of 2nd year Bachelor of Science, Shubham, can actually explain – What veganism is all about? According to Shubham, “Veganism is all about clean eating avoiding meat, dairy, eggs etc. It’s about having lots of vegetables, nuts and grains. Veganism has helped me follow a lifestyle for health, ethical, and environmental reasons.”
He further explains, “I have been able to convert 7-8 people into Vegan. Imagine these 7 or 8 people consuming at least around 70kgs of meat in a month which means around 800kgs of meat annually. If we completely eliminate all meat from our diet, we can avoid consuming several hundred kilograms of meat in a year”.
Initially, Shubham faced lots of resistance from his home folks, but when he explained to them his mother and sister were convinced and they are also now vegan along with a few of his friends.
The Rocky Road to Dreams
Despite his newfound passion, life was not a bed of roses for Shubham. He faced the tough decision of leaving his studies midway to help support his family. The weight of responsibilities grew heavy, but his determination remained unshaken. Shubham had his sights set on becoming a beboing star or better known as breakdance, and nothing was going to stand in his way.
The Open-Air Outdoor Gym of Dreams
Financial constraints meant that joining a conventional gym was not an option for Shubham. But he didn’t let this deter him. Instead, he turned the open spaces of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) gardens in the suburbs of Mumbai into his training ground. Here, amid the rustling leaves and under the open sky, Shubham embarked on his fitness journey. He trains daily. Shubham’s routine is a blend of callisthenics and exercise. With the BMC garden as his canvas, he sculpted his body through bodyweight exercises, proving that one doesn’t need a fancy gym to chase their dreams. Every pull-up, every push-up, and every leap was a testament to his unwavering spirit.
Inspiration in Action
Shubham’s journey is a reminder that excuses are merely obstacles we place in our own path. It’s easy to blame circumstances for our shortcomings, but it takes true grit to defy them. He is living proof that passion and purpose can propel you forward, no matter where you start.
The Heart of the Matter
What sets Shubham apart is not just his dedication to fitness but also his compassionate heart. His choice to go vegan was not just about personal health but about extending his compassion to all living beings and the planet we call home. It’s a reminder that our choices have the power to create ripples of change far beyond ourselves.
A Beacon of Hope
Shubham’s story serves as a beacon of hope for all those who dare to dream against the odds. It reminds us that the pursuit of our passions is not limited by circumstances, and the most incredible transformations often begin with a single, conscious choice.
So, the next time you find yourself making excuses, think of Shubham. Think of the young man who turned a BMC garden into his gym, who embraced a compassionate lifestyle, and who refused to let circumstances dictate his destiny. Ask yourself, “What’s my excuse?” Shubham’s story is not just about defying odds; it’s a testament to the transformative power of passion and perseverance. Let his journey inspire you to break free from limitations, embrace a healthier lifestyle, and chase your dreams with unrelenting zeal. For personalized guidance and support in your journey, subscribe to GOQii’s Personalised Health Coaching here. Your dreams are within reach with the right guidance!