For anyone losing hope in these devastating times, Hassan Sheheryar Yasin has a success story to keep you dedicated, motivated and going.
The fashion maestro recently took to Instagram to share an overwhelming anecdote from his life, where he was one of the few people selected to meet the Royal Family on their visit to Pakistan, remembering how his life had come a full circle from when he started dreaming of the things he has achieved today.
"Life is unpredictable and magical," said HSY, as he dated a memory back to 29 July, 1981 in London, date of the Royal Wedding between Lady Diana and Prince Charles.
"My mother was a secretary and a single mother, working hard raising us on a humble salary. I was a little boy who she took along with her to stand way back in line to get a glimpse of the procession. She held me up on her shoulders the entire time so i could see beyond the sea of people in front of us."
"I was lucky to catch a glimpse of the Royal Carriage with the beautiful Queen of Hearts waving to the jubilant crowd as it passed us by. It was a magical moment. I was captivated. I would think about her and her regal posture, that stunning gown and her elegance and kindness for decades to come. She inspired me like she inspired countless others."
This explains why Prince William and Kate Middleton's visit to Pakistan held such a "special meaning" for the designer.
"On the same year, I was celebrating my 25 years in fashion, it felt like i had come full circle. I had worked so hard to be where i was in life. My mother and sister had sacrificed so much to bring me to this place. You can imagine what this felt like for me."
"This recognition of being invited from a handful from Pakistan to be introduced to them for your contributions in your field. I was overcome with gratitude. The son and daughter in law of the very same person who sparked my desire to be who i am were standing right in front of me and acknowledging my work. I felt my mothers pride in her sons acknowledgement from another great woman's son who was now recognizing mine."
He ended the walk down memory lane with lots of gratitude, motivating people to be consistent and determined in what they have set out to do.
"Life is beautiful," said Hassan. "Hard work and perseverance can make any dream a reality. Respect and kindness can open new avenues. Hope is all we need. Never lose that. Stay hopeful everyone. This too shall pass."
We remember how excited he was, and we couldn't be happier for him and his journey.