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Running Out of My Future

He was born into a poor family, and his parents were unable to provide him with superior learning and living conditions. But he was very understanding and never asked his parents for a penny from the day he entered school.

By BobbyPublished 9 months ago 4 min read
Running Out of My Future
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  He was born into a poor family, and his parents were unable to provide him with superior learning and living conditions. But he was very understanding and never asked his parents for a penny from the day he entered school. A few years later, with excellent grades, he was admitted to a high school in the city, and because the school was far from home, he chose to live there.

  That day, he spent 9 yuan to buy a ticket with his parents and took the bus to his hometown for the first time. When he returned home, the village electrician was collecting the electricity bill, and he glanced over to see a small "5" written in the number field on the receipt. He hurriedly took out 5 yuan from his pocket and handed it to the other party, while blaming his parents for their frugality. With the 5 yuan a month electricity bill, Mom and Dad usually can not even watch TV ah. At that moment, the electrician handed him back a few pieces of change. He took it and counted it, 4 yuan and 50 cents. At once, he understood. It turned out that his parents' monthly electricity bill was only 50 cents! He stood there with his mouth half open, dumbfounded, unable to say a word. He secretly calculated an account in his heart, the 9 yuan he spent in the car, enough to pay the family's electricity bill for 18 months! He scolded himself in his heart, he was such an ignorant loser! He swore that he would only spend his parents' hard-earned money this once!

  After he returned to school, he became more frugal. However, his mother had to stay in bed all day because her lumbar spine was compressing her nerves due to strain. On the one hand, his bedridden mother was on his mind, and on the other hand, he had to pay $18 for a round-trip bus fare, standing in the middle, isolated and in a difficult position. Finally, he came up with the best of both worlds - a way to run home!

  The school is more than 60 miles away from home, and he needs to run for more than 3 hours to reach it. Every time he came home, he didn't dare to rush into the house, but hid under a big tree at the entrance of the village and took dozens of deep breaths so as not to let his parents see that he was running home. For such a life, he has always remained optimistic, and even shared his insights with his classmates: jogging, but can not stop, not to mention sitting down to rest, to insist on running the whole distance in one breath. In addition, to drink less water. His self-improvement has influenced his classmates and friends around him. People no longer compare themselves to each other, but to study, be thrifty, and get ahead. There was a time when a student leader in his class, whose family was well-off, mobilized his parents to sponsor him, intending to give him $200 a month for living expenses. Although he was grateful for this kind of support, he always felt ashamed of it and feared that he had incurred too many debts and could not repay them. Finally, he was determined not to accept such donations. At his insistence, the kind-hearted classmate had to give up his financial support.

  Seeing his poor and thin parents, he also had the idea of dropping out of school. However, a scene he saw during his part-time job made him stop this idea completely. It was already 10:00 p.m. when he finished work that day. He returned to the shed with a tired body and found that several people had books on their beds, and they had to look at them no matter how late they went back, and there were even two people who were insisting on studying for their exams. In a casual conversation, a worker told him: "Without knowledge, you can never change your fate. What you earn by working alone will always be hard money." From then on, he was firmly determined to continue to complete his education. He encouraged himself to be strong and walk, no, run, no matter how many difficulties there are.

  Yes, to break through the immediate hardships, one must 'run'! After the evening study, when the housemates into a sweet dream, he ran into the ocean of knowledge; on weekend, when = students are immersed in the sweet home, he ran into the noisy restaurants; on holidays, when friends travel in the beautiful scenery, he ran in the site full of dust ......

  His name is Yan Mingqiang, a farm boy in the western mountains of Yuzhou, Henan Province. From home to school, and then from school to home, two years down, he ran more than 4,000 miles together. This is a rural high school student to create a miracle.

  We have enough reason to believe that Yan Mingqiang's success, is definitely not late, because he carries self-reliance, self-improvement, and self-discipline of his heart, in the difficult schooling and life road persistently enterprising, running all the way!


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