KARACHI: Sheheryar Munawar has been all the online rage lately, thanks to his recent shoots and while his audiences might assume he is living his best life, such has not really been the case. In a recent Instagram post, the Parey Hut Love star spoke about the ups and downs he faced in 2020 and how proud he is for coming from the other end changed and better.
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Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui stands in front of the mirror and reflects on who he has become during his journey through 2020. He writes, “Sharing a shot from a commercial I shot for last week (coming soon). It’s not special because it’s a shirtless shot; it’s special because for me it’s a celebration of this year’s personal journey.”
He recalls how his life made him face sudden changes, ultimately leading to him becoming depressive. “A few months back, life came to a standstill, and being a workaholic, the stagnation took a huge toll on me emotionally. Went through severe depression – won’t go into the details of it.”
He talked about testing positive for Covid-19 and then after his recovery, ending up in a motorbike accident just weeks later. The injuries of the accident, as he states were so terrible that he had to go through surgery to heal. “Mobility was completely restricted and relying on others to help me do the most basic tasks was emotionally traumatic, to say the least. I was on strong meds and was eating the weight of my emotions in carbs. Confidence was completely shattered and it felt as if I’d hit rock bottom.”
He writes, “If you swipe right, you’ll see a selfie I clicked back in September.” This selfie is different from the one that shows his current physical state and suggests how much the actor must have gone through to retain his well-toned body post-accident. “Even post the recovery, I had strict restrictions on body movements and I’m still not allowed to lift weights. I hadn’t worked in a long time and I had bills/salaries to pay and was in no shape, both physically or mentally, to go in front of the camera.”
He concludes on a positive note and speaks about fighting back, mentioning working with a trainer to develop workouts that could be more focus based than weight lifting. “I started eating healthier, forced myself to fix my sleep cycle, started meditating, mustered up the courage to speak to a therapist, actively worked on having a positive outlook on life (reading and research really helped ), and basically went on a lifestyle change/detox.”
Finally, the star thanked his family and friends for their undying support during his trying times. “Alhumdulillah, I’m grateful to my family and friends who supported me through my journey of recovery, however, most of all it has been my faith in the love the Almighty has for all His beings that kept me going.
It’s taking a lot of courage out of me to be able to share the second picture with all of you. I want to do it to let you all know that we’re all in it together. We all go through highs and lows and we’re all vulnerable. Not sometime today, not tomorrow, not the day after, NOW is the time to change your outlook. Tell yourself nothing is impossible. Because nothing is.”
While 2020 has been difficult for most of us, in our own capacities, a word of motivation from stars like Sheheryar Munawar goes a long way.