A One-Armed Teenager Managed to Bicycle Around the Island in Her Journey, Cried Out of Joy as She Finished This Incredible Journey

Inspiring, isn’t it???  From the Newspapers, translated…

The Mennuo’s Hualien Center and Taoyuan’s Rotary Club yesterday hosted the “2017 Miracle Ride Around the Island”, yesterday morning, thirteen adolescent girls who were placed in the systems finished riding that final mile, a lot of the girls cried, especially for the one-armed adolescent girl, “Fatty”, she’d cried in the press conferences, her becoming emotional had, spread through the news conference.

The adolescent girl with only her left arm, “Fatty” as she was riding out, she’d often, lost her balance, and started wiggling left and right, and because she’d needed to find her balance, she’d almost relied on her lower extremities to keep herself going.  The primary sponsor, Chuang said, he rode behind “Fatty”, and saw her wobbling from left to right, and so, by the seventh day, the inside of her thighs suffered serious abrasions, the leader of the troupe of riders, after evaluating her conditions, told her to rest up in the chaperon car, but she’d refused, and started doing her squatting jumps, to show that she was still with enough energy.

獨臂少女胖胖(左)接受花蓮善牧中心棕樹學園主任黃順妹(右)頒發完騎證書,激動得說...being awarded the certificate of completion and a red envelope for their feat, photo from UDN.com…

In the insistence of the team leader, Fatty finally gone into the car to rest, with tears in her eyes, after she’d rested for a bit, she’d still, insisted on, continue riding, to work hard, to catch up to her teammates.  Chuang said, seeing her like this, it’d, made him cry.  At yesterday’s press conference, he’d cried too, and, Fatty was so worked up she kept wiping her tears away.  The manager of the Palms Learning Center, Huang stated, in the thirteen-day challenge, the girl with one arm, “Fatty”, was the clown of the group, at age eight, because of a car accident, “Fatty” lost her right arm, after she managed to pull herself out of depression, she’d, decided, to live each and every day happily, worked hard, to learn to ride a bicycle, to swim, she’s also, a good singer too.

The thirteen girls set out on the 2nd from Hualien, challenged themselves in the 13-day, 657 kilometers bicycle ride around the island, yesterday, they’d ridden from their last station of a local elementary school, and, returned back to the Palms Learning Center.  The C.E.O. of the nonprofit organization, Chu said, the girls in the program were mostly from broken homes, and required professional company, and so, in this bicycle campout, the girls saw themselves for who they are, learned to express their thoughts, emotions, and, sought out the values of their own lives, and, she believed, that they will be able to, find the ways to solve whatever problems come their way in the future.

So, this, is a challenge that these young women embarked on, to test themselves, to prove that they can, conquer the odds, and they had, and, this, serves, as an inspiration to all, that although they didn’t have homing advantages, with their positive attitudes, their hardworking mannerisms, they are still, able to, beat all the odds on the trip.

Not a Mama’s Boy, a Young Man Out of Difficult Environment Started Part-Timing, Worked His Way into a Manager

How these individuals became successes with their hardworking mannerisms, their stories are truly, inspiring!  From the Newspapers, translated…

Tien is a person who’s family was impacted by the huge earthquake on September 21, 1999, that night, his father died, being buried beneath the rubbles, back then, he was studying in the business high school, he’d injured his left foot in the quakes; he’d part-timed through school, from being on assistance provided by the government, to now, he’s a manager at a storage company, and married, he’d said, “keep living under the protections of the government, I won’t be able to make something of myself.”

Tien said, that after the quakes his family was under economic duress, his mother needed dialysis, his younger sister was in school, he’d transferred from the day programs to the night programs, worked at the Social Services unit of the government, and provided the manual labors, to pay off the debts, and he was paid, a thousand dollars than the minimum wage, but it was enough, to carry his whole family through.

After he managed to get into the night school department of Feng-Jia University, he was pressured by life, schoolwork, plus the social services provided an assortment of needed services, he’d put in the extra hours on the weekends voluntarily, because he didn’t want to fall behind on his workload.  After university, the social services department changed his status to a temp employee, but he’d decided, to “strike out on his own”, started working at the storage company at Nangang Industrial District.

Tien was excellent in computer, and worked diligently, three years later, he was promoted to a managerial position, two years ago when he’d set up his own company and got married, as he’d delivered the invitations to the Social Services Department where he used to work, the manager of the office, Lin said, “a young man like Tien, is truly amazing in that he wasn’t beaten by the circumstances, and made a name for himself.”

“Chun” who is currently a junior in college was raised by her grandparents, her mother left home, her father died early, she’d been receiving assistance from the Taiwan Fund for Children & Families.  She said, that her grandmother worked in janitorial jobs to raise up her and her younger brother, and after she got into college, she’d started, part-timing, worked at gas stations, convenience stores, and now, she’s working at a restaurant, back in high school, she’d envied how her classmates changed cell phones so often, how their parents would come and pick them up, drop them off, but as she saw her grandmother in her sixties going out to work, she’d sworn that she was going to make something of herself.  She said now she’s part-timing through college, and expected there to be no waiting period after she graduated, she’d planned to enter into the workforce, and become an office manager in five years, so her grandmother can work less.

The young woman, Hsu lost her father when she was just nine, her family lost the economic supports suddenly, she saw how hard it was as her mother got out early in the morning to work in the bakery, she’d vowed to get excellent in the finance.  She’d majored in the designs proposals, and after graduation, she’d partnered up with her mother, her boyfriend, and put together a total of $700,000N.T., went to the local areas closer to the university in Taichung, to set up a board game restaurant.

So, these are stories of how people from hard environments worked really hard, to break away from the poverty stricken backgrounds they grew up in, made something of themselves, and, they were successful, because they kept working hard toward a goal that they’d set for themselves, and this still showed, how working hard, is what gets you places!

She Didn’t Let Her Paralysis Defeat Her, Instead, She’d Worked Hard at a Skill and Became a Lecturer, “I Can’t Give Up”

Look at the amazing strength of this woman here, she NEVER gave up, just kept working hard, toward her own dreams, from the Newspapers, translated…

A slip and fall, Jing-Hsiang Tsai became a quadriplegic, the tracks of her life became, completely, a mess, and yet, she was able to use her own strong will, to help her stand back up again.

The fifty-four-year-old Tsai originally worked for a special eds school in Taipei, three years ago, as she was making the deliveries of the meals for the students, she’d taken the trays from the first floor to the fourth, because the light was too dimly lit, she’d missed a step, hit her head on the doors, became a quadriplegic.

蔡錦香擺脫癱瘓,站了起來,努力學麵包花。 記者施鴻基/攝影photo from UDN.com…

Tsai recalled that back then, the doctors told her that there was only fifty-percent chance she will survive, she refused to become a quadriplegic for the rest of her life, chosen to have the surgical procedures, because “I want to live”.  Back then, before her anesthesia wore off, she thought that the operations wasn’t successful, and although after the surgeries, she was able to move her arms and legs, she’d needed to relearn everything like an infant.

She recalled, the very first year of her physical therapy, each and every time was like getting her skin peeled off of her body, the second year, the same feelings happened again, and to this day, she’d still suffered from the aftermaths of having sensitive nerves, as the weather grew hotter, she can’t have any air-conditioning, not even the electric fans, instead, she’d needed to have the covers up, and wore two layers of pants.

But, the trials of her life had, just begun, her husband’s divorcing her didn’t beat her down, the nightmares came, the insomnia, anxieties, and pains, she’d gotten used to them all, and, the older brother who’d looked after her passed away around this time.  She’d sobbed, without her older brother, she’d told herself, to never give up, because if she had, then, there would be, NO hope in her life.

蔡錦香憑意志力,擺脫癱瘓,站了起來。 記者施鴻基/攝影here she is, after she’d regained the muscle strengths in her legs, photo from UDN.com still…

After her left hand regained thirty-percent of strength, she’d started clay sculpting at Tsai-Wei Chu’s Arts & Crafts, she’d held back her pains from the pains, slowly, molded the clays, and, made the life-life sculptures.

Sometimes, as she’d worked for eight to ten hours on end, she’d felt satisfied, and now, with her right finger, she could hold the small petals still, without them falling from her hands, she’d gotten into the advanced levels, and now, she just needed to wait for the approvals then, she would’ve, gained her lecturing certification.  As she’d become troubled with the economics, the Labor Department of Hsinbei City provided the monetary support for her physical disabilities, to support her path on the arts, in the future, she hoped to have her own exhibition, and she wanted to return to lecturing at the workplaces as she’d become more mobile in the futures, to inspire others using her own life’s experiences.

So, this woman had, overcome the difficulties with her persistence, and, despite this curve ball life threw at her, she’d still, worked hard, to overcome, and she had, that just shows, how if you work hard, and not give up as life got tougher, your life will find a way, to work itself out.

 

 

 

 

The Music Teacher Went in Debt, So the Students Can Have Their Rhapsody

The heart this instructor had for getting children more involved in music education is just, amazing!  From the Front Page Sections, translated…

The Legendary Page of the Distant Region’s Children Being Able to Learn Music Was a Dream Come True, the Ren-Ai County’s Dear Philharmonic, Went to Vienna, Competed in the Youth Music’s Festival, and Received the Championship Trophy of the Orchestra Group; the Judge Commented, “The Group Has a Rich Body of Life, Very Impressive.”

and here they are in rehearsal…photo from UDN.com…南投仁愛鄉親愛愛樂弦樂團參加國際青少年音樂節比賽,八日在奧地利維也納音樂聖殿金色...

“This is probably the only chance we have, of standing onto the golden halls to perform, enjoy it!”, the instructor who led the musicians, Chen encouraged the students before they headed out to compete, competition is not for the sake of winning, but for the whole world to see you, to know how much you loved music, and, these kids didn’t disappoint her either.  The President congratulated the group, “You are, the pride of Taiwan”.

The director, Chen, and her husband Wang taught at the Ouwanda Tribe’s Lovely Elementary School.  Chen said, one day I asked the students in class, what they wanted to do when they grow up?  Half said they wanted to do manual labor, there was a child who wanted to learn to play the violin, “These children should have the opportunity to dream, and I’d decided, to help make their dreams come true.”

希望兒童合唱團原本籌不到「羅馬國際合唱節」旅費,經本報報導後,外界協助下不負眾望...the students standing on the concert halls in Vienna, photo from UDN.com…

In order to have a student to have a place to stay as they headed off the mountains, the couple took out a loan, bought a piece of land with a house on it, and a piano too.  The group even went to the cemeteries to practice their music, to not wake the neighbors, the instructors are still in debt up to millions of dollars, but charitable foundations are helping them out with the programs.

So, this, is a teacher who did EVERYTHING to help make her students’ dreams come true, and, the students performed outstandingly, because of their love of music along with how much the teacher had put into training them.

A Journey of Self-Reflection

Testing one’s own limits, to find that sense of self-actualization one needed, conquering the heights!  Translated…

Tibet, the third pole from the earth’s North AND South Poles.  The Tibetan Plateau that extended itself into the skies, became a single framed culture of history on its own, along with the residents’ faithfulness toward the Buddhist religion, making Tibet, the land, closest to heaven, a serene and mystic sect of nirvana all its own, the weather there varied from day to night, and, with the reduced amounts of oxygen, it’d called out to the tourists, but, not many dared ventured there.

like this 80-year-old man who became, the oldest man to climb up Mt. Everest, video from Youtube…

That day, in a Tibetan Culture Forum, the lecturer, Mao-Rong Lee Shared the interactions he’d shared with his fellow tourists to Tibet this year.  His sharing his experiences not only made me realize how many things of beauty are there, that the most beautiful things often grow in the most desolate of all places, also, from his experiences, I’d learned, that “if we don’t venture into the unknown, we’d lived our lives in vain.”

The elderly man that Mr. Lee talked about had a stroke a few years back, and, based off of his conditions, his family believed, that he wasn’t, fitted, to travel to Tibet at all, let alone, hiking up an eight-thousand-meter tall mountain—Mt. Everest, everybody tried deterring him from visiting this mystic place.

But the elderly had, insisted, that in his years that remained, he’d wanted, to challenge his physique, and his soul too, and, bravely, worked to defeat that physical, AND mental fear that he had, and, headed, to the tallest ridges of the world, to bear witness, to the majestic.  In the icy cold temperatures, the reduced amount of oxygen, the elderly took his steps, very slowly, worked harder than everybody else on the team, to make his way, and, in the end, because of his persistence in keep going, he’d finally, reached the destination.  The elderly man was ecstatic, not only over the majestic view, but how he was able to, conquer something out of his own life.

“Thankfully, I’d still, gotten here at last, I can, cross another item off of my life’s to-do-list.”  Mr. Lee, in the elderly’s persistence, and self-fulfillment, it’s, as if he saw the six incarnations of the Dalai Lama’s unwilling, to cave into the waves of living.  And, although the tourists were all middle aged and older, but, nobody had, been beaten by their own physical conditions and reduced their passions of conquering the world.

Just like the French literary, Proust stated, “The true journeys to discovery, it’s not in seeking out breathtaking sights, but in seeing the world, through a brand new perspective.”, a lot of people who’d never been to Tibet are still, drawn by its mysticism, believed, that going there, can turn one’s own life around, and yet, in truth, the drives behind the conquering of the mountains of Tibet didn’t come from without, it’s, from the inside of all tourists, who set their minds, to achieve, the impossible.

And, only when you’re, ready, to enter into the next peak of your own life, that, was when the trip becomes, meaningful, to you.

So, this, is a pilgrimage, something that we should all try to do, but, there are, more than one sort of pilgrimage, you can test your selves every single day, give your selves smaller challenges that you never thought you’re able to, manage, like picking up a new musical instrument now that you’re retired, and have more time on your hands, or, if you’re still working, challenge yourselves, on how to, do your tasks, in the shortest, and most efficient ways possible, you don’t really need to conquer the big waves (like in those surfing competitions???) or climb up those tall-tall mountaintops (i.e. Mt. Everest???), to accomplish this sense of self-actualization, you just have to find something you wanted to do, but never got around to, for whatever reasons there may have been, and just, do it!

Reason Why I Quit Smoking

For the sake of your own health, for the health of your loved ones???  What ELSE, huh???  Translated…

Why I’d begun smoking?  It was, too long ago, I can no longer recall.  But, in the current atmosphere of banning smoking, all the reasons went out the windows; I’d Googled the saying, “a cigarette after meal, happy as an angel”, I’d wanted to find some proofs that made my behaviors acceptable, only to find, that the phrases got altered to, “a cigarette after each meal, sends you to heaven sooner!”

I was born in the 1950s, with a son from the 1990s, can I not, cherish and treasure him so?  After I got married, I’d, stopped smoking inside the house, during the time of my wife’s pregnancy, I’d brushed my teeth, rinsed my throat more and more often, and, I’d made myself showered, before I get anywhere NEAR my angelic baby, and felt his right hook toward me, it was, such an amazing moment.  But, you’d ask, why don’t I sign up for a quit-smoking clinic trial, and just, be done with smoking altogether?  I know I should, but, I just, never did.

Saying NO!  Not my photo…

Before school age, foods, play, sleep, I am the skies, whatever I say, goes.  After my son started school, the school teacher became the authority, whatever SHE said, went.  The anti-smoking education in Taiwan is a success, the teacher played the shorts of how smoking can be damaging to the health, and, stopped the videos at the scary photos posted on the cartons, even shown the photos of pork liver that’s turned black-and-purple, as well as the smoked yellow tissue papers to show the downside to smoking, and, of these, what convinced me the most, was the worst effects of secondhand smoke, a thousand carcinogens attached themselves to any and everything indoors, and, they can’t be rid of through the years, and, as I thought about my son who would crawl and touch everything, how can I, still feel fitting, to continue smoking?

The family gathering before my son’s basic skills exam on his last year of middle school, my youngest brother-in-law asked him which high school he’d wanted to attend, “The high school set up by the Taiwan Teacher’s University”, he’d blurted it out.  I’d recalled how he’d, not gotten in to the better schools of the northern territories, I’d blurted it out, “If you get in, I shall, quit smoking!”  Everybody was a witness, it’s set then.  On the day the grades were posted, he’d kept a straight face, said, that he’d wanted to wait until the essay portions were, graded to tell us, but, there was, that light smile on his lips, I was, so thrilled, and, I’d felt, awful about it.

And he did, become, the son of the blue skies (a nickname for the high school students at the high school set up by the Teachers’ University), and, in order to keep my promise, I’d, quit smoking, a bad habit I’d kept, for forty years on end, and, I’d, not smoked a single puff in five whole years.

It’s the testing seasons again, the added perk of getting into the school they’d wanted to—asking the loved ones to quit smoking, allow us all, to become, ambassadors of the Bosses’ Foundation, stay away from smoking, and keep healthy and safe!

the first step, throw it out yourself!  Photo from online…

So, this man finally had a motivation to QUIT smoking, and, I’m pretty sure he’d had tried quitting before, but, the “rewards” weren’t big enough for him, but this time, his own son gave HIM an ultimatum, and, quitting smoking WAS for his own good, and, because he wanted to set a good example for his son that he had when he was older, that, was probably how he was, able to quit smoking successfully!

U, Who Uses His Body to Express Himself

The path, of a performer, it’s, never going to be easy!  Translated…

Since my trip to Denmark last year, I’d become, more than willing, to take a long commute, to see the performances.  Back then, in a certain Modern Arts Museum in Denmark, the light in my mind suddenly, turned on, it wasn’t just a light, a star, more of, twinkling on and on, never dimming—it’d, arrived, to the other end of the world, even, there’s, no reason for me, to slack off in Taiwan, this tiny island.  And so, I’d alighted the MRT, transferred onto a train, arrived to the “wilderness”.

photo from online…

This is a café normally, at the cramped up alley between old apartment buildings.  A performance arts space, in this sort of an desolate, older residential area, this place should be called “Savannah”!  The café is spacious, which the place was made out of, with the audience, arriving, the show can begin—a table, a percussionist, two dancers, one man one woman, this, was a dance created by U.

U has a special background, born in Taiwan, raised in Indonesia, went to U.S. to study films, danced in the Netherlands.  He said he’d become, multi-lingual as a kid, but, felt, that he couldn’t, clearly express the innermost meanings well enough, until he’d discovered dance, like how I’d found my own way, to communicate with the world.  This unique, made-up way of “original language”.

Shortly after my return to Taiwan, U found, that the modern dancers here are just as good as those abroad, but, there’s, a small market for audiences, and, the field doesn’t look optimistic at all.  He’d asked, how come such great things, you just brush aside?  He’d seen a free performance at Bellavita, the dancers performed in the halls of a high-end shop, as he was really into watching the performances, he realized, that there was, a young boy, who was also, intrigued, the child asked his mother, “what, are they doing?”, the mother glanced over, said impatiently, “They’re CRAZY!”, then, pulled the child away.

male dance solo 的圖片結果like this???  Photo from online…

“As I heard that, I was, heartbroken.  How come this, was what the arts education in Taiwan had been reduced to?  I know, a lot of people would tell me, modern dance is hard to understand.  But why must it be understood?  The process of watching the performances, there would be an emotional response, something that’s, beyond verbal expressions, that, is what’s, most important.”  He’d, told me.

U’s performance was short, afterwards, he’d gotten the audience involved in a small activity.  We’d needed to, remain silent, for our partners to perform the actions we’d, wanted them to, or have them understand, what we’d wanted them to do.  My partner was a beautiful girl, she gave up easily, after one to two charades and she’d not guessed it right, she’d felt anxious, and it’d, forced me, to think of an alternative way, to express myself.  In the process, I’d found, that we were, staring deeply, into each other’s eyes than usual, and, worked harder, to listen to each other, than we normally would.

U said, he’d planned, to perform in Taiwan, at the same time, he’d wanted to, direct some short films on dancing.  I know the hardships he’s weathering, what is unsure is, the path he’d, walked on, or the path he’s about, to walk onto, which one would be, harder?  As the performances are over, I’d wanted to, walk over to him and tell him, but, I’d feared, that staring into my eyes, U may see my worries for him, so, I kept, to myself.

As I walked slowly, back to the station from the wilderness, then, transfer on the MRT back to Taipei, this almost-an-hour ride, doesn’t feel, that long at all.

like this show for the public???  photo from online…

So, this, is on chasing one’s own dreams, the writer is also a performer like the person U, so, she’d, understood the hardships that he is facing, has faced, and is about to face for his future, because she’d, weathered through it, or is, weathering through it right now, and, there are, NO easy way, if you want to be successful, you can’t find shortcuts, you just have to, bite down, and, take the trials as they come, and, fight hard, and, you might (still not a definite though…) be successful in the end!