Meet Yang Pei, a 28-year-old woman from Shaanxi province with the kindness and grace of an angel, even though she lacks the wings.
In 1996, when Yang was just 8 years old, her life was changed forever after some high-voltage cables fell on top of her on her way home from school one day. She survived the accident, but unfortunately lost both of her arms.
Xinhua reports that while at first Yang was depressed, she was encouraged by her mom to become stronger and overcome the tragedy. Yang began to learn to use her feet in many different ways, eventually she could control them just like they were hands.
Using her toes, Yang became a master at the traditional Chinese art of cross-stitching, creating some works that are even better than those made by hands. In this pursuit, the only one that can really compete with her is this traveling street artist with no hands that we met earlier this year.
Because of her exquisite art work, Yang was able to send her younger brother to college. She was also invited on the television talent show “Chinese Dream,” where she impressed millions of viewers.
You can watch her appearance below, but don’t forget to get out a handkerchief:
As soon as Yang’s story began to spread, she was invited to attend a number of different activities to speak with disabled people and children in schools.
Meanwhile, a man who comes from her same village reached out to her about starting a business together. In 2014, Yang officially became an entrepreneur.
Yang is always optimistic, and she likes posting positive quotes on her Weibo account to held inspire herself and others to lead a better life.
“Life can be really difficult, but as long as you believe in yourself, you will get through it. It all depends on your perspective: the last day for a caterpillar is precisely that moment that the butterfly breaks out of its cocoon.”
An angel with no wings and a Venus with one leg, inspiration is all around us.
By Sophie Wang
[Images via Xinhua / CZTV / Weibo]