Determination is one of the most important factors in achieving success. It allows us to achieve our goals, no matter how unreal they may seem at first. In order to achieve success, it is important to have faith in yourself and continue to fight for what you believe in. Without this ability, you might quit when faced by an obstacle and fail to reach your destination.
While it is important to have the support of your friends and family, it is ultimately your own spirit that drives you towards what you want. An example of such human spirit comes from a man who made it his mission to complete a cross-country tour of China, all on his own.
On the Move for Over a Year
A 29-year-old man, named Quan Peng, began his cross-country trip of China on the 31st of August, 2014, from Beijing. Quan belongs to the Gansu province, located in the north-west of China. His last destination was Sanya, a city in China's southern-most province Hainan.
The most remarkable aspect of this story is that, unlike many other cross-country travelers, Quan performed his journey around China on a wheelchair. He has travelled over 28,000 kilometers, taking him a total of 566 days to complete.
A History of Not Giving Up
When Quan was 17 years old, he had to go through a surgical procedure to remove a minor tumor from his spine. Sadly, the operation damaged his nerves, consequently paralyzing him for life. Despite this huge change in his life, Quan didn’t give up on himself and departed his hometown for Beijing in order to begin a new life. He was successful in finding a job as a customer service officer. In his extra time, he also ran a Taobao store and worked as a street vendor.
Finding his Pace
Quan, proving that paralysis wasn’t enough to stop him from enjoying life, made it his mission to travel through China. On the first day of his journey, he covered a distance of 60 kilometers, which consumed all his energy. He claims that he fell asleep as soon as his body hit the hammock. The next morning, he woke up to the sound of passing crowds and traffic. His shoulders ached because of the exertion his body had endured, but that didn't stop him and he continued onwards. Quan claims that after covering 500 kilometers, everything became much easier. He started enjoying his journey more, and began making new friends.
The journey wasn’t all that easy though, as he suffered from six falls during it. The worst of these took place at a spot where there were no ramps for disabled people. He rolled down a slope instead, and ended up hurting himself.
A truly courageous man, Quan really is an inspiration for people around the world. Making it his mission to overcome his disability and show everyone the power of the human spirit by taking his wheelchair across China, he has helped people realize all that they can achieve if they put their minds to it.