Shattered and giving up on dreams are the natural tendencies of the human being while going through the unpredictable and biggest tragedy of life. But, for Mohammad Shams Alam, 31-year-old, from Mumabai’s Dharavi area, life’s biggest tragedy made him stronger and his dream bigger than earlier. He was diagnosed with a spine tumour and undergoing multiple operations in 2010, Shams was left paraplegic at the age of 23.
Shams’s life was going normal before 2010. While he was in his school he wanted to become a Karate trainer. Since his parents are from Bihar and little conservative they were against of his dream. However, he was very clear about his mission that is why his family pressure did not make him weak in his dream. However, life has something bigger plan for him.
It was 2012 when he was assessed with 100% disability. This not only meant that he could not walk, but he would also have no control over bodily functions too. During that time a doctor told him to try swimming as it keeps the body in movement despite the disability.
His personal profile and purpose of life has been raised higher than earlier. Earlier he just wanted to become a karate trainer and champion. Now, He has set a record for having completed the longest open-sea swimming by a paraplegic by covering an impressive 8 km in a span of four hours and four minutes in Goa.
Furthermore, Shams said that he has made World Record Academy and Limca Book of World Records. All the while he has completed his mechanical engineering too from Rizvi College, Bandra, Mumbai.
Excerpts of the interview…
What is your daily routine?
I wake up to pray early morning prayer that is observed around 5:30 in the morning now days. In a day I practice swimming for four hours. Earlier I used to work in a firm to earn some penny but it would tire me for swimming that is why I left the job. Moreover, my dream is more important than job.
What was going on in your mind about your life when you were left paraplegic?
I want to achieve much more in my life. I want to participate in 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. That is what I am practising for. Furthermore, I want to motivate youth, especially Muslim youth who are deprived of education and motivation for the great purpose in life. I can see many of youth are indulging in bad activities such as drugs and crime. I want to reduce it by motivating them to do something better in life. Our education system is still lack in changing life of such youth.