Hari Kumar – Managing Partner, PwC
In 2011, I was living a sedentary life working over 100 hours a week and never taking the time to stop and appreciate life. One day I woke up with acute pain and eventually lost control over the right side of my body. I was bedridden for four months and 27 days, after which I had to relearn how to stand, walk, and eventually run. It was an incredibly challenging experience, both physically and emotionally.
During that time, I realized that I was never alone. My family and friends rallied around me and provided constant support. Their support helped me push through the physical pain and emotional toll that came with my rehabilitation. It also put my life in perspective and helped me realize what truly mattered. Priorities changed, and I began focusing on the moments that truly mattered, such as time spent with my family and friends, and re-prioritising my health and personal growth.
Learning to walk and run as an adult was frustrating. Wanting my right leg to move while it stayed still was something I never thought I would have to overcome. However, it taught me the importance of taking care of my body and staying active and more than anything, the importance of attitude. You can take on any challenge in life with the right attitude.
Running has become a part of my life, and I have since run multiple marathons. It has changed who I am as a person, giving me more energy and a renewed appreciation for life. If you set your mind on a goal and push yourself to achieve it, with the right attitude anything is possible.