We all go through difficult phases of our lives, and each one of us has its own story of achievements, but mostly, in the hard times, we give up. It’s the time when we need motivation and courage. The thing which helps us is the experiences of other people.
Here we have the most inspirational personalities of Pakistan whose struggle is ideal for everyone.
THE IRON LADY OF PAKISTAN
“YOU’RE THE HERO OF YOUR OWN LIFE STORY, AND HEROES NEVER GIVE UP, MUNIBA MAZARI”
Muniba Mazari, is a motivational speaker, humanitarian, artist, Tv host, model, and Pakistan’s first goodwill ambassador to UN Women Pakistan.
A woman who belonged to a conservative Baloch family came into the limelight after the inspiring TED- Talk, Muniba Mazari shared how an incident changed her life entirely. Mazari got married at the age of 18, but this was not a happy marriage. While traveling along with their husband to the hometown of Rahim Yar Khan, her husband fell asleep which resulted in a car incident and the car fell into the ditch. She sustained a lot of injuries, the radius ulna of her right arm get fractured, her wrist, shoulder, and collarbone were fractured, the rib cage was completely damaged because of the rib cage injury lungs and liver were badly injured, and the backbone was crushed and she got paralyzed for the rest of her life.
WHAT DID SHE GONE THROUGH WHEN SHE CAME TO KNOW ABOUT HER DISABILITY?
During the speech, the lady said,
“Two and a half months in the hospital were dreadful, one-day doctor came to me, and he said well I heard that you wanted to be an artist, but you ended up being a housewife. I have bad news for you, you wouldn’t be able to paint again because the arm and wrist are so deformed you won’t behold to paint again.” at that point, Mazari stayed quiet.
“The next day he said to me due to the spine injury you won’t be able to walk again, I said it’s all alright. But I was devastated when the doctor told me that, you won’t be able to give birth to a child again.”
After knowing about the disabilities, she asked her mother, “Why me? Why am I even alive? I cannot paint, I cannot walk, I cannot be a mother, Why me? In the dark times what helped Mazari was her mother’s words “this too shall pass. God has a greater plan for you.”
Muniba also sheds light on the mindset of our society where being a woman has the thing in their minds that they are incomplete without having children. She explained the importance of motherhood and how it has been ingrained in every Pakistani girl from a young age.
WHAT COULD BE THE MAJOR FEAR OF ANY WOMAN’S LIFE?
Fear is not something that anyone should be ashamed of. Every person has fear. However, it depends on who wants to discuss or dares to talk about it. A fear which is common among every woman is losing a life partner. In Muniba’s life-changing car incident, a moment when the car fell in the ditch her husband was there somehow he managed to save himself but his wife stayed inside the car it might not be wrong if we called it the ‘most painful side of her life.’
While speaking to the audience, Mazari shared her fear of being divorced. When she decided it was nothing but was her fear, she pulled herself out of it and set the man free. Muniba said, “I made myself emotionally strong that the day I heard he is getting remarried, I sent him a text wishing him all the best.”
To speak about personal matters, share problems, and talk bluntly about disabilities in front of the entire world, one has to be courageous, and it needs a strong heart.
Talking about the hardships, sharing thought-provoking ideas, by giving motivational speeches with a charming and lively smile, she continues to inspire people around the world.
Muniba Mazari proves it, a disability is not a weakness. It can be your strength if you keep yourself motivated and be grateful for what you have.
THE UBER TALENTED WASEEM BADAMI
IN MY SHOW FOR ONCE I RANDOMLY SAID, “IT IS A VERY MASOOMANA SAWAL”, IQBAL UNCLE (FATHER OF SALMAN IQBAL) HEARD THAT AND SAID, “IF YOU HOLD THIS LINE, IT WILL BECOME YOUR IDENTITY”
In the present era, if we lookout for the most admired personalities in the media industry, undoubtedly we found Waseem Badami at the top of the list.
Regarding career, there is a typical mindset in Pakistan that every youngster wants to become a doctor, an engineer, or a banker as for them these are the only fields that keep brighter options and good scope. However, Waseem Badami is amongst those who entirely changed the concept of being stuck to specific choices and shed light on how you could find hidden talent and expertise in yourself.
For the host being a resident of Karachi’s Kharadar, without having an influential background and enough resources, it was quite hard to get into the industry, the thinking of impossibility led him to recognized institution SZABIST, where he took admission in BBA, as for the completion of degree and due to the financial instability Badami used to borrow for fees payment.
In various interviews, he mentioned that his close friends tried to stop him from pursuing a career in television since they didn’t feel there was a future for him.
“My friends used to ask me to focus on something else since they considered this a hobby. They used to ask me how I’d be a journalist since there were none in the family to put in a good word so that I could get a job. I used to go and give my CV at channels and radio stations myself because I wanted to become a news anchor.”
“I WAS TOLD NEWSCASTERS DON’T LOOK LIKE I DO”
Several times the anchor has shared how he was badly rejected when he gave auditioned to one of the leading news channels, he said,
“I auditioned for a very big news channel in Pakistan and they sent me back from the gate, even though I went there through a proper process. A shift in charge came out and asked what I wanted to do. I told him I wanted to be a news presenter, after which he looked me up and down and said, “I have 23 years of experience in this field and I am telling you, you can’t be a newscaster. You can’t do this, so go out,” Badami further added,
“I told him I only wanted to sit in front of a camera so just let me audition, the rest is up to you. So, he responded a little more loudly saying, ‘Newscasters look like you? No, they don’t. I know this, so leave”
After being rejected, he was not disheartened and did not let his morale down but kept going for the goal.
HARD WORK PAYS OFF, DON’T GIVE UP !!
To achieve the target one has to work hard. Undoubtedly, every kind of work demand your extra energy & time, Most of the time you have to do those tasks which you would not like to do and against your nature but to reach the objective one has to go through several ways. Indeed at a certain point, your hard work pays off, and you get succeed. In the sessions, the famed host always tries to highlight it.
Presently, it might be not wrong if we termed Waseem Badami as the ideal personality and called him a great source of inspiration for the youth.
SHOAIB AKHTAR- STRUGGLE OF A WATCHMAN’S SON
A man who had been unable to carry himself properly for four to five years because of the flexibility of his body has known as one of the fastest bowlers in the world of cricket. The Rawalpindi Express has among those who made a great effort to reach where they are.
Shoaib Akhtar belongs to an unprivileged family, the son of a gatekeeper and a hardworking woman who has made every possible way to become a successful person. Through good performance in a club match, he made his way to the GHQ club. Being part of the club is the main reason behind the interaction with the military.
At the age of 18, to attend trials for PIA’s team Karachi division, he decided to move to Lahore as there was no accommodation, he slept for two years on the floors.
Interestingly, regarding struggle, the bowler has a different thought while talking about the journey Akhtar said,
“Difficulties are for those who are afraid of it. Otherwise tough times are always an opportunity for hard workers.”
About blunders, he further added, “When I found out where I have been made a mistake, without being tensed and for self-relaxation, I used to take extra rounds of ground and tried to run fast and more fast. After being tired, I used to examine wisely what should I do now.”
Shoaib Akhtar fought hard to achieve his goal. Indeed, his journey from an unknown to a renowned personality proves that motivation, willpower, and consistent efforts are the only key to success.
ZAHID AHMED: THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIM
An incredible artist who breaks the perception of zero experimentation in television for male characters and is known for selecting unconventional roles. With his tremendous performances, he became successful to won millions of hearts.
THE HEARTBREAKING TIMELINE
In 2016, an old picture of Zahid Ahmed went viral on social media, and everybody wondered it was him? People were doubtful about it as the picture was quite different from the latest one. After seeing the picture roaming around the internet the Ishq Zah e Naseeb artist took to Facebook to clear the air.
However, along with confirmation, he wrote a note and summed up his journey.
In 2011, While having an ideal time with the better half in Malaysia, he found out the company he was working for being a COO (Cheif operating officer) was fraudulent and didnt exist even more. The newlywed returned to Pakistan with huge debt on credit cards and due to the financial crisis, the relationship was about to fall apart.
Daldal actor had a dreadful accident in 2012 in which his spine got injured. He was unable to move for four months, and again marriage got troubled. Meanwhile, having a good voice, he got an opportunity in radio, but unfortunately, by trying to go to work his spine got destroyed, and his physical condition gets worsened. Having a successful spinal surgery made him stand again, and he gets a job however the pay was 10 times less. At last, he started doing a show for PTV Home discussing English movies with immense hard work he gets hired full time to launch PTV World’s the English Channel.
AN HONOUR FOR THE ARTIST
When PPP’s government topples PTV in 2013, the team of Anwar Maqsood approaches Zahid Ahmed to play the role of Jinnah in SAWA. He did theatre for a year and to get back in the shape he lost 22kgs.
THINGS GET SETTLED
2014-When he came to know about the producer’s corruption he decide to left the theatre in meantime got a call from HUM TV’s production house, passed the audition, and got selected for Mehram. After this, he gave back-to-back hit plays to the industry and proved himself.
Dedication and commitment lead to a successful path. Hard times are temporary. However, what stays permanent is the work and efforts one has made for something.
Zahid Ahmed’s journey is the best piece of motivation for all youngsters.
NADIA JAMEEL- AN ACTRESS AND A SURVIVOR
A well-known actress in the entertainment industry of Pakistan who has been favorite for the viewers for her excellent acting skills. She is a social activist and serves as an ambassador for Girl Rising, a project which raises awareness about girls’ education.
If we look out for inspirational stories,
Nadia is one of those who has inspired and motivated people in different ways.
As the actress has been vocal in addressing child abuse cases in Pakistan, for the first time, Behadd’s artist spoke about the hard times she had gone through. Without any hesitation, she shared how at the age of four she was sexually assaulted by Kari Sahab and the driver, however, she made herself strong and led to a joyful and productive life.
For Nadia Jameel, what keeps her in 5th gear is her three lifelines: The God, Trees, and boxing. Specifically, about trees, she has a different perception. According to her, trees are an excellent example for humans as it faces several weather conditions due to climate changes, Somehow they still stay strong in the scorching sun, provide shade, and even so, it loses their leaves in the autumn season, but the season of spring brings back its bushes and leaves. Human life is just like that.
Recently the Damsaa actress was diagnosed with cancer but didn’t lose hope and defeated the fatal disease with courage and willpower. She kept her fans updated with the recovery posts and her posts gave real meaning to life.
The veteran artist’s life journey is an absolute inspiration for all victims of sexual assault and those who got hopeless while fighting the diseases.