Posted on July 28 2020
These are unprecedented times. Uncertainty, extended lockdown, mounting mental health issues, and a constant feeling of dunno-what’s-in-store, surrounds each one of us.
In such times, some of us choose to respond with anxiety, with fear and with a sinking feeling that resembles depression*. And some of us choose to show up, take life one day at a time, and acknowledge that the time is tough, but we are tougher.
Let’s talk about these tougher than the tough kinds. What is it that makes them so resilient. Here’s a deeper look.
First up, such people seek practical and simple solutions to the situation they’re in. They take it by the day and know what works.
Second, there’s one word that doesn’t exist in their dictionary and that is: self-pity. Self-pity can eat up an infinite amount of time and energy. And more so it can create a whirlpool of negativity that only knows to grow. The very absence of self-pity makes room for good vibes and an approach that keeps one centered from within no matter the mess at hand. Bonus trait – they surround themselves with like-minded people. Be around frightened, broken, negative people and you will feel the same distress. Fill your life with cheerful, kind-hearted, well-centered people, and you will begin to see the world from the same eyes.
And lastly, they share an unbreakable bond with happiness. They love life and are on a mission to enjoy it, come what may! They acknowledge not only the big joys but also the little pleasures that life is filled with only if one has the eyes to marvel them.
Meet Varun Jain
Varun is paralyzed from the chest down after a near-fatal accident but possesses an indomitable spirit of adventure. He believes in living life on the edge. In 2011, this 35-year-old paraplegic adventurer won a National Award from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, a State Award from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (Govt. of Uttarakhand) and the CavinKare Ability Mastery Award. Varun also has an entry in the Limca Book of Records for river rafting and kayaking (2010) and for a 120km road trip in the Himalayas on a quad bike (2011).
Here’s what Varun says -
“In 2004, I had met with an accident and suffered complete paralysis from my chest down. Despite this unfortunate setback, I never lost heart, and never gave up; I completed my studies and also pursued higher studies in management. Today, I am self-employed and run a travel agency in Rishikesh by the name of 'Travelmyway'. I have not let my disability get in the way of my passion for adventure. In 2009, I attempted river rafting and kayaking, and in 2010 I undertook a 120km journey in the Himalayas on a quad bike.”
Meet Neha Shetty
A banker turned yoga instructor, Neha is the life behind Yogahut. Located in Mumbai, Yogahut is a health studio delivering fitness services in Yoga, aerobics and wellness. After leaving behind her banking career, Neha pursued extensive study in Yoga, Zumba, Aerobics, Pilates, Weight Training, and Functional Training. A mompreneur now, Neha single-handedly manages to push the boundaries and continues to be unbreakable at spreading wellness to the world one yoga asana at a time.
Here’s what Neha says :
“If you are given just one day of your life, just one- What would you do? Did you get your answer? - Now implement it. And tomorrow again - wake up with the thought - 'What if I just have one Day - Today?' Now repeat this - Day after Tomorrow and Day after That... Live for One Day At A Time and keep going.”
Meet the Feared Positive family
This is a family of four hopelessly positive members through the covid19 pandemic. They fought and beat the virus with their unbreakable faith and positively practical attitude.
Here’s what they say:
“One of the factors that made our COVID voyage less bumpy was our mentality towards it. Ever since my father tested positive, we as his daughters were constantly worried that our parents would get hyper or go on a negative trip. But both of them surprised us. Mom was strong and never did she get weak or cried a tear. Dad was no less, the reason why he volunteered to get hospitalized was to avoid chances of us getting infected. The first two nights in the hospital were difficult for him. He got a little anxious, but eventually after speaking to the doctor there, he felt confident and taken care of. Neither of them or us took the disease to our brains and that probably was the game-changer for us.”
At Stallion Barware, we find each of these individuals infinitely inspiring and so uniquely unbreakable. They look at challenges in the eye and turn them into opportunities. They live on the edge and inspire us to raise a toast to life and #beunbreakable.
*It is a wide term with many medical &psychological layers to it. This article is not undermining those factors in any way.