That is a very good question and many people have asked me that question.
What to do?
I have a whole car repair kit in the back of my backpack, wrench, and repair kit sponsored by WETREK, I buy a spare tube to replace when needed. I hope I don’t have to use all of those things, but it’s not, I’ve had a lot of problems with my “companion”, since she’s an old car, I have been through 3 owners before coming to my hand, once brought her first owner, a Taiwanese man, pedaled throughout the Southwest region, then to Mr. Toan, Mr. Toan lent him to Mr. Tam Ngo Dong. to ride with Mr. Tam from Saigon to Hanoi, and to my hand, go all over Vietnam, go to Southeast Asian countries… and sadly she was forever lying in Thailand in an accident, This accident very few people know and I will tell about it someday when we come to Thailand.
That friend came to me after going through many arduous journeys, so she broke down in many places. 4 days before departure, I was lent by Mr. Tam Ngo Dong, because I actually didn’t have enough money to buy a car, couldn’t apply for sponsorship, and I told Mr. Lam (who helped me a lot on the trip). That’s) I don’t have money to buy a car, I also ride a bicycle frame. So when I borrowed a bicycle from Mr. Tam, I was very happy.
Well, take it home and hang it as a souvenir
When I arrived at the place where Mr. Tam was staying in Ha Dong, alas, the first time I was able to sit on a bicycle with a starter (shifter), it felt very good. I was very happy, on the day of high school, I was given a blue locomotive bike by my Uncle, I was happy forever, and very proud, now I can borrow a bike with a complete set of movements, I am very happy.
Mr. Tam said that I need to fix it before I go because on the way I also encountered some problems and could not be fixed.
OK! Having a car is good!
I thought so, then cycled up Ly Nam De to find a car repair shop, the shop owner said: “Well, it’s best for you to bring it back to hang as a souvenir, but this car can’t be repaired, can’t go!”.
I still remember that saying.
“I don’t think so!” – I told myself and continued to look for other workers in Ly Nam De, in Cho Troi, everyone shook their heads, or someone quoted a lot of money, while I could still pedal, it just didn’t work. perfect. And I decided to go. The words of the owner of a bicycle shop on Ly Nam De street not only did not discourage me, but also gave me motivation.
Until now, I realize that what you said is also true: the car has been damaged a lot, it will be difficult to go. But it is not true, because in fact, I can still go to more than 60 provinces in Vietnam with that car, go to Laos and Thailand. I learned a huge lesson that: “Don’t care too much about the words of others, because they are not insiders!”. And after that time, I have formed a more independent personality in thinking.
And I think it’s important how we see and approach the problem.
As mentioned above, I had a lot of problems, because as soon as I left, I was warned that this car would “go nowhere”, which would be a failure of the transmission (this is the most important part of this car). car), broken chain, broken brake line, broken starter … oh everything in the world. And you know what, I learned how to fix cars professionally.
What do you learn from car breakdowns?
About how it broke down I’ll tell some stories on the road, but what’s more valuable than I think is what I’ve learned from those breakdowns.
In the middle of the road, the car breaks down, what to do?
If it’s broken, find a way to fix it!
I carry in my bag a repair kit that WETREK sponsored, a wrench, a spare tube, and a bicycle pump. Every time it breaks, I drag my friend to the street to fix it.
Anything can be learned
The first time I went to repair it was very difficult, but later on, I became more and more professional, that’s when I learned from the car mechanics how they do it. Every time I go to repair, I actively observe how they do, and I even ask why this problem is caused, how often it is handled.
Fortunately the bicycle is a fairly simple vehicle, we only have a few minor problems related to movement, braking, and a few small problems. But whether it’s small or big, it’s always important to learn how to overcome the problem you think it is. And no matter how small or big we can all learn, it’s just how much it costs, how much time, whether we learn actively or passively.
May the trials and difficulties not obscure the good things
I think any journey will have “unfortunate” or challenging things, I always look at problems in a positive way, like a car breakdown, I will find something positive like: “I learn car repair skills”, although many times, the breakdowns make me tired.
And if we only see problems, often very few, we will forget the rest of the positive. So I’ll choose whichever way I go, look positive. Just like at the moment the whole world is facing the global Covid19 epidemic, I calculated more than 300,000 people infected with Covid19 out of 96 million people, the actual number is very small (>0.3%) and so is the mortality rate, but the negative things always scare people, and stop people.
My life is also a lot of things that I don’t want, I went through crisis periods in my youth because of family events, my parents broke up, many things happened that I didn’t expect. but instead of complaining, I’m always grateful for those things, grateful for giving me the opportunity, giving me motivation, giving me experience, experience… to make my life better.
And I’m grateful for the car breakdown along the way…
For teaching me a lesson about preparation
I did not have the best preparation for a long trip. I don’t envision the places I’ll go, I don’t imagine the difficulties I’ll encounter, and I don’t have enough time to prepare everything I need.
If I could do it all over again, and even now, I hope I would have developed the habit of being more prepared, learning basic skills like: planning (You can check out my tutorial on how to plan here), thereby helping us to have the most thorough preparation.
Taking the time to plan is essential, no matter what. To be honest with you, at the age of 30, I still have to retrain this habit. I wish such skills were taught more in schools, families and society: the best preparation helps to get whatever you want in the simplest, most economical way.
That there are many kind people in the world
The car breakdown also taught me that there are many kind people in the world. Like Mr. Dat in Moc Chau, when I went to his car repair place, he told me he owed me 50,000 VND and never came back to pay it back, he probably thought I would never come back. But I went back, looked for him, to prove that: kindness when giving will always be rewarded, and there are many kind people in the world.
Or Mr. Phi, Mr. Thang and his brothers at the Ha Long bike club, when they saw that their car was too “strange”, gave me a new movement so that I wouldn’t have to manually shift gears every time I went uphill. I have a bicycle handlebar so I can change my position to reduce fatigue, or many other people have helped me on the road.
Or Mr. Trung in Thai Binh gave him a touring bike saddle to sit on to relieve his butt pain and “protect his brother”. If the car is too good, if I am too luxurious, I will never receive those feelings from everyone.
Equip yourself with new life skills
The breakdown of the car also helps me to have more life skills, I find this is what young Vietnamese people lack, we rarely learn such things in school, making it surprising in everyday life. Once again, I hope that the practical skills necessary for young people are taught more.
Now that I can fix my bike, I can still confidently fix it, because the car has been damaged too much, every time I see a mechanic, I learn, every time it is difficult, I have to find a way to overcome it. Perhaps those failures also train me to be resilient to the challenges on the bike path and the road of life.
(Today’s post is also long, I will write more tomorrow, thank you Trang Chu for a very good question)