Inspirational Story Of The Month:
The Incredible Story of a Teenager Who Biked Six Hours in the Hot Summer Sun and Slept in a Tent Just to Start College!
In this day and age, when there seems to be more bad news than good, it's not uncommon for older adults to say things like, “You know… I’m glad I had my kids when I did and they are all in their 20s now. Because there is no way I would ever have children today. Our society and the world has gone crazy. It’s way too violent, and I’m really scared about what’s going on and what’s going to happen.”
Ironically, their parents would have probably said the same thing a generation ago. And their parents' parents would have said something similar. So on and so on…
The good news is that if you honestly want to see the good in the world, then you don't have to scroll very far down your Facebook newsfeed to encounter an inspirational story like that of Fred Barley.
For those who didn't see the new stories about Fred Barley, he's a 19-year-old college student who found himself without a home in the weeks before starting his next semester in college. Fred took a chance, packed all his belongings into two duffle bags, and rode a small bike six hours in the Georgia sun to try and get to campus before his fellow students in order to secure a job while he attended classes.
Since the dorms hadn't yet opened, he slept in a tent at night on the campus grounds, thinking it would be a safe location to stay. It wasn't long before two police officers happened upon Fred…
Once they had a chance to talk with him and hear his story, the officers decided to help Fred out by getting him a hotel room so he didn't have to sleep in a tent. Soon enough, the story hit the local news and went viral.
A local woman befriended Fred and took him shopping to get new clothes. A stranger sent him a new mountain bike so he wouldn't need to ride his small bike any longer. Debbie Adamson, the owner of a local Pizzeria even offered him a job. She told the local news, "I created a position for him before he walked in the door… I didn't know his name. I didn't know the color of his skin. I didn't care. I've been there so I guess I have a soft spot for anyone that is that determined to succeed in life."
Finally, a GoFundMe was set up for Fred and within three weeks, people had given him over $184,000.00 to help him cover his educational and living expenses—which he'll need considering he wants to go to Medical School after earning his bachelor's degree. J
But perhaps the best thing Fred got out of this whole ordeal was the friends he made. He said, "Some of the gifts aren't as important as the friends I've made… More important than everything - the clothes, the shoes - the relationships mean so much more to me."
Watching this amazing young man struck an emotional chord deep inside many of the people who commented on and shared his story via social media.
While most people constantly complain about everything in the world, this kid saw the positive. He took massive action, and against all odds, is making a better life for himself.
Maybe we should all try to be a lot more like Fred. He is an amazing kid by all appearances, and it wouldn't be difficult to imagine someone with his drive doing big things in the future. We can’t wait to hear more about his success.