Where Am I From?
I was seven when my family and I immigrated to the UK from Pakistan – this was me, my younger brother and my parents. I can remember noticing the weather was a lot colder here and the people spoke a different language. This became especially apparent when my parents left me in school every day I had no one to communicate with in my original mother tongue ‘Urdu’ – talk about lost in translation.
Steep Hill To Climb
At the time all the kids were already reading novels, writing essays and knew their times table up to 12, while I was learning the alphabet and memorizing numbers. What’s interesting is within one year I caught up to their academic level. It was pretty strange when I reflect back at that time, I don’t remember feeling depressed or overwhelmed, I just had to make a start and keep progressing step by step.
But my education in school didn’t stop there
Our first residence was in a tiny one bedroom council flat. We stayed there for a few years until my parents made the devastating mistake of moving another location which had run down schools and was the headquarters to a racist political party named ‘BNP’.
And thus we entered to a situation I had never experienced before. Racism! Even at that age I couldn’t believe how people could judge us on the basis of my skin color. I remember telling myself I will never give in to this sickness and I would accomplish my goals. One of them was to become educated, I achieved that goal. I was the only person of 30 children of my class who made it to university. Since then I have overcome many other goals. I still have a whole load to reach.
Lessons I Have Learnt
I am now in my 40s, still live and work in London. What I have found while living in this earth is the past does not equal the present nor the future. It really doesn’t matter at which point a person starts from it’s the end goal that matters.
Society always tells us it’s good to start in life as an underdog such as being poor or small or weak. Than one can strive to work hard, struggle to reach high dreams and finally reap the fruits of their labor once the goals is achieved. I’m not a fan of hard work on something I have zero interest on. Or doing anything that is not even remotely fun. I have to enjoy the process. And finally, I am not a fan of working to my full potential with blood sweat and tears only to get zero results in the end.
What I Aspire To
I am a fan of emulating people who have already made it to the top and duplicate their process. Short cuts by avoiding all the traps my elders already fell beforehand. And enjoying the process of going up the ladder along the way.
For me becoming a Health Consultant has become a major shift in my life. I am looking forward your new future endeavours.
To Your Success!