#EverydayPeople – Own your decisions

Shriya Shetty is all of 24 and is already making her mark as a chef and entrepreneur. Based out of Mangalore now where she runs her culinary studio Pupkins Kitchen, Shriya has been trained by Chef Kelvin Cheung and Chef Gaggan Anand, the owner of two Michelin star restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok.

In this week’s #everydaypeople she shares #lifehacks and #protips that keep her motivated.

1. Describe a challenging incident of your life, one thing that changed your life.

Oh God, so many! I think the one that really did it was my dad passing away when I was 15. It was sudden, unexpected and yes, I think life would have been very different if he wasn’t there. I mean I’d still be pursuing my passion because he’s the inspiration behind it, but as a person I’d definitely not be how I am today I guess.

2. What was the mindset that helped you push through it or helped overcome this challenge?

I’ll tell you about a small incident that happened on the day my dad passed away. We got the news at 8am…I was in 11th grade then and I had an exam at 10am. Amidst all the shock and tears, my mother turned to me and said, “go write your paper, daddy will be very upset if you missed an exam because of him.” Unknowingly, she set my mindset for the rest of my life. ‘Let’s not make daddy sadder than he already is about leaving us’ became my anchor to be stronger than I ever was .

I am not a religious person (mostly because of my dad’s death), but I think I do believe it’s my dad up there who’s making all of these wonderful things happen for us. For me he is God. Anything we really want, we just need to ask him and start working towards it and it’ll happen, by hook or by crook ;). And I’m truly blessed to be around my mum and sister. These two ladies are made of steel and did a fab job raising this brat. We had two choices, either to fall apart or to hold on to his beautiful memory and make him proud. So obviously we chose the latter.

3. One life tips for others; a way of thinking, a perspective or an action that helps you pull through the ups and downs of your life.

I always believed that my decisions are mine; not in the rebellious ‘I don’t want your advice’ sort of a way , but if things go south, I will blame nobody but myself and then pick up and kick ass again. I think that really helps me with my decisions because I have made a lot of bold choices, but it’s the one thing I ask myself before I do something crazy “if this screws up who is it on?” If the answer is “me” I go ahead and do it!

Also, one thing my mum always kept saying and it annoyed me a little without realizing that I actually truly believe in it – ‘Mann ka hua to accha, nahi hua toh AUR bhi accha!’ You will never hear me say this out loud but I really do believe that things happen for a reason and if you really really want something in life it WILL come to you if you work hard. Don’t look at other’s lives and think ‘oh I wish I had this or that’. Carve your own path. It’ll be difficult but totally worth it. Go do whatever your heart tells you, but be brave enough to OWN your decisions. That’s when you’ll find true happiness.

Do drop by next week for a new dose of #everydaypeople

The series #everydaypeople is about understanding that “life happens” to everyone. We all need a little dose of inspiration, a tiny sense of “there are others going through something similar” and, some #protips and #lifehacks to help us through.

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