At the age of 27, I spent a total of 7 years pursuing my studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I worked while studying, living without extra entertainment, without borrowing money from anyone, and without asking for financial help from my family. During that time, I took on various low-paying jobs. Even in the last few months before leaving for China to continue my studies, I couldn’t save up enough for tuition and living expenses. But after sincere prayers, I finally overcame the numerous challenges. I embarked on the journey alone, and as the plane approached Harbin Airport, I looked out the window and saw the snow-covered land of Northeast China. I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Is it worth it after enduring these 7 years of hardships?”
Looking back on this period today, my heart is filled with sweetness. Everything was worth it. Going to China, attending university, meeting teachers who would influence my life, and gaining a different perspective on life – it was all worth it.
Image: Walking to class at Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine every morning, where the norm is icy landscapes.