In this episode, we'll join Li Ming on a culinary adventure in Beijing, as he faces his fear of spicy food and discovers the true meaning of victory in the most unexpected way.
En: As the night fell and neon lights flickered, the East Fourth District food market in Beijing was filled with a unique lively atmosphere. Among the bustling crowd, a young man named Li Ming squeezed his way into what seemed to be a restless little restaurant, his brow furrowed with a bold and fiery spirit.
En: Li Ming was a local in the capital city of Beijing, standing tall and strong, known as a frequent patron of restaurants. However, despite his rich culinary experiences, he always avoided extremely spicy food.
En: However, unexpectedly today, he accidentally ordered a plate of spicy hotpot. The chef's enthusiasm made Li Ming mistake it for a sweet and sour flavor. In reality, he couldn't see the hidden symbol on the chef's sleeve: a fiery red chili pepper. In a daze, it seemed as though his fate was splashed open by a bowl of chili.
En: When the first mouthful of fiery food touched his tongue, Li Ming felt a terrifying sensation as if he was standing at the edge of an abyss. His eyes widened, sweat poured down, but he stubbornly buried his head in the plate. Every chew felt like a pile of firewood burning in his mouth, a level of spiciness he had never experienced before. He appeared comical, his appearance miserable, inadvertently causing laughter from the surrounding diners.
En: The laughter of those around him made Li Ming feel endless embarrassment. Lowering his head, he silently searched for the qualities of victory. He picked up a larger meatball, took a deep breath, and then swiftly swallowed it, biting through that inner demon. The pain intertwined like electricity, causing his expression to transform from agony to determination.
En: Suddenly, he understood that in society, victory and defeat are relative, and sometimes, even failure can be a kind of victory. Even though tears and mucus blurred his vision, each bite was unbearably spicy, but he decided that this was his victory. He would persevere, pay the price, overcome the pain, and surpass himself.
En: At this moment, the laughter in the restaurant slowly dissipated, and Li Ming walked out. Listening to the warm voices in his headphones, he felt a newfound sense of liberation and ease. Although his throat still hurt and his tongue felt numb, he clearly sensed the taste of growth. Looking at the bustling market, he laughed heartily. Finally, he had conquered himself, he had conquered this extremely spicy dish. His world felt as if it had been reborn.
En: In the noisy city of Beijing, everything seemed particularly quiet. In that moment, Li Ming seemingly felt the joy of victory and the relief after difficulties. Although it was just an accidental order in a restaurant, in his life, he understood that decisions are the greatest power people possess. He dared to accept things, and this allowed him to experience more joy in life. This was not just a dinner; it was an experience in life, a profound understanding that taught him what true courage is.