While there is nothing sweeter than falling in love, not all stories end with ‘happily ever after’ and people often end up with ever-lasting scars after painful heartbreaks.
Nevertheless, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and as the man in this story proved, heartbreak can help you evolve in the better version of yourself and meet your true love.
Shirapyon is a middle-aged Japanese man whose life fell apart after his wife left him without a warning due to being what he refers to as a “sad, bald, middle-aged guy.”
Following the heartbreak, Shirapyon decided to stay off the alluring path of self-pity and do something for his body instead. And so, the man enrolled in a gym and started bodybuilding.
“I divorced 5 years ago, and for a while, I was drinking only liquor. But then I remembered my youth suddenly. I thought that I’d like to participate in a bodybuilding contest,” Shirapyon recalled in an interview with Bored Panda.
“I lost weight in my own style, I lost 12 kilograms through diet and hard work at the gym. At my first contest, I did not qualify. But I loved the challenge and have now been competing in bodybuilding contests for 4 years.”
After years of hard work, Shirapyon transformed not only his body but also his spirit. He is now healthier and happier than ever before.
“I’m happy to be the cause from which someone’s change has begun. If you want to be reborn, do it while you’re still alive,” he added.
Not only did the man shed extra pounds but he also met the love of his life, a fitness model, while doing what he loves the most – bodybuilding.
“I changed my body, and destiny was changed. It doesn’t have to be bodybuilding that creates the spark. It can be swimming, a marathon, any hobby. Anything that takes perseverance to improve oneself. I fight against myself, not others,” Shirapyon elaborated.
“Don’t make excuses until you’ve tried everything that you possibly can.”
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