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Live life to the fullest because you only have one life to liveThe story of an orphan who became the 'Korean Paul Potts'
Lee Ye-Jin  |  thakd1892@daum.net
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Updated : 2016.09.21  14:10:21
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  How satisfied are you with your life? Most people live sufficient lives but there are a lot of people who are unsatisfied with their lives. Also, there are many people who are willing to, or already have given up on their dreams because of personal situations in life. I would like to introduce a book to students who live life with uncertainty. This book is about Choi Sung-bong, who tried very hard to realize his dream despite his tough situation. He participated in a TV show called, Korea’s Got Talent in 2011, and his heartwarming performance of "Nella Fantasia" turned his life upside down. Let’s find out about the emotional story of Choi's life from being an orphan to a star.
  1. Unhappiness and Appreciation
  Choi had a very unfortunate childhood. Left at an orphanage when he was just three years old, he ran away at the age of five after being beaten by the orphanage workers. Most five-year-olds think about "how to have fun", but Choi was different. He worried about his life and “how to live”. A boy in a similar situation as Choi taught him how to make money by selling chewing gym, and that's how he survived day-to-day. He slept outside in the cold, and even witnessed harsh realities such as human organ sales. Living through such horrible conditions, Choi had to stand up for himself.
  “I lived by my wits and tenacity. I knew nothing except for living while trying to avoid death. All I knew was that I had to eat and sleep in order to live. At least with these two things, I knew I could live an ephemeral life.”
  Even with all the abundance in our life, we are not satisfied and keep on hoping for more. But even if we get more, would we then be thankful or continue on hoping for even more? We should be satisfied and thankful for what we already have.
  2. Passion and Challenge
  As mentioned earlier, Choi Sung-bong lived a very tough life. However, one day he was fascinated by this classic melody he overheard. He was lucky enough to pass the middle school qualification exam. With help from others, he was accepted to an Arts high school and was able to attend and study singing. Despite his exhausting and harsh childhood, he had a dream and tried to achieve it. He realized the reason for his existence; his reason for living. So, I want to ask you a question. What are your reasons for living?
  I wish students who are dissatisfied with life or want to abandon their dreams, to read this book and learn a good lesson. It can help you to reflect on yourself and motive your future actions. I hope you do not become a person that exists for a dream but rather a person who makes the dream exist for them. Let us become the owners of our own lives and not live for others. Shout once in a while when things get really hard. Live life to the fullest because you only have one life to live!
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