Too Much Of Anything Is Bad

I wasn’t always the happy man I am today. There have been a lot of tragic incidents in my life and I’m not hesitant to share them with people.

I was born into a poor family in Chandigarh. My mother was a housewife and my father worked in a medical store. Times were so bad that the monthly income of my whole family was hardly $75.

I was frequently bullied and picked on because of the harsh financial state of my family. I felt like there was nothing good in my life and I wanted to make major changes very fast.

I decided to pay full attention to my studies as I wanted to become capable enough to support my family. Well, I guess life doesn’t let you live that easily. When I was 13 years old, my mother left me and my father alone.

Soon after that, my father fell ill and my academic performance started to decline. I started staying at home all the time for taking care of my father. I still remember how sad I used to get and how much I cried while sitting in a dark empty corner.

After that, I started living with my uncle who was a very strict man. Sometimes, he would even beat me up for no reason.

And he was drunk during all of the beating sessions. He didn’t have a family of his own so I think maybe he felt under pressure by me living with him.

If only he had the experience of raising a child, he would know how to treat one. Anyways, this ain’t a rant about my uncle. I still respect him because he allowed me into his house and took care of me in the best way that he knew.

Through all this trauma, I found an ally… nope, not my camera… it was food. Yes, I thought that eating will make me happy because well, it did.

I started eating a lot. I loved eating heavy foods and didn’t even care about walking or exercising.

I just wanted to eat different kinds of dishes that made me feel happy. And let me tell you, none of what I ate was healthy. I only liked eating junk food or oily street food. Burgers and Rolls were my favorites.

I remember that I even started stealing money from my uncle’s locker to eat whatever I wanted to. He was a lawyer and he earned a lot, so, he never noticed if some amount of money was missing.

I obviously thought of it as a blessing at that time as before that I had to live in very harsh conditions. Plus, now I could eat all I want.

I kept living like this until I was a teenager. I kept eating a lot and junk food became a hobby for me. By that time, even I started earning due to my photography skills so I starting buying food from that money as well.

I never realized the amount of harm I was inflicting upon my body. At that point, I thought that life is great and this is how you live it. Huh, what a big fool was I.

I was doing what most people call ‘stress eating’. People tend to take it lightly and think that it’s a habit that you can get rid of easily. Wrong!! Stress eating is a serious issue and it should not be taken lightly. I know how hard it was for me to get rid of that life harming habit.

It wasn’t until I looked at myself in the mirror. My fat, overweight, about to blow up self in the mirror. I felt so horrible when I realized what I was doing to myself and my body.

My uncle had already passed away so there was no one left to guide me. It was on that day… the day I looked in the mirror… that I decided to change the way I live and treat myself.

I quitted eating all the junk food and joined a gym near my house. I still remember I couldn’t even run a mile on my first day, I fainted after 30 mins of workout on my second day and had no motivation to even look in the direction of the gym on the third. But, I knew I had to do this… I knew I had to be fit for the sake of my physical and mental health.

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Mohit Bansal Chandigarh
Mohit Bansal Chandigarh is a keen photographer and traveler. It’s hard to say whether he travels to click photos or he clicks photos so he can travel. He’s passionate about photography for sure and does like to travel a lot. Probably he’s travel is the reason for some of his iconic clicks. When he’s not busy clicking pictures or when he’s idle at home, find him on http://mohitbansalchandigarh.in
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