This Is Who I Am : Mustafa Fahmi
Could you be depressed without even knowing?
This isn’t shocking to me. After all, depression is the disease of the century.
When I close my eyes, I cannot help but ponder upon my recent past.
I was a struggling student. I weighed over 105 KG.
I stayed awake. I was a night owl, surrounded by fake relationships and bad friends.
I lived aimlessly, I had no ambition nor any will for change.
As soon as I snapped back to reality, I thanked God for the life I have now.
I do not even want to imagine going back to the person I used to be.
On a random evening, I found myself attending a mixed martial arts match (MMA). It was between the Irish fighter Conner McGregor and the Brazilian Jose Aldo.
The whole scene gave me chills from head to toe
Their performances, their strength, the enthusiasm of the cheering audience.. It was magical. It was one of those “life changing” moments for me, I knew I was never going to be the same again. It was the first real inspiration in my life.
I didn’t have any previous experience exercising. I signed up to the gym to learn boxing. It gave me the adrenaline I needed.. the rush that eventually changed me as a person.
I found my passion. Not only did I lose weight, but I also made good friends at the gym - especially with my boxing coach, who turned me into an advanced boxer.
My life slowly started falling into place. I found a job in real estate. Soon after, my coach called me for my first local tournament in Dubai. Without hesitation, I accepted. I won all the matches.
I am now living my best life. With a job, a passion, and a purpose.
I’ve turned into a magnet that pulls in positivity and bigger dreams.
I vow to achieve my dream of owning a series of boxing gyms.
At the age of 22, I’m saying goodbye to depression, obesity, and lifelessness.