18 Photos that Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

18 Photos that Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

It's time we shed light on the everyday heroes that make this world a better place
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The tragic events that happened recently in Brussels and Turkey have impacted the entire world, leaving us all with heavy hearts. My heart goes out to all of the victims, family members, and friends who have ever suffered the heartbreak of losing a loved one.

While it is so easy today to become wrapped up in the media and disheartened by every single news story that shows the world as a dark place, we have to remember that there are millions of extraordinary human beings that set out to achieve the impossible every single day. Although the media may not always shine a light on the moments when people choose to selflessly put others before themselves or when people decide to focus solely on better themselves instead of pushing other people down, it's time we shed light on the everyday heroes that make this world a better place.

1. When Brussels reacted and responded by writing the message "Brussels is beautiful" near the city center

2. This photo of a Nepalese Army soldier rescuing a living baby 22 hours after the Nepal Earthquake

3. This powerful portrait of Boston Marathon Survivor Heather Abbott who went back and finished the 119th Boston Marathon a year later

"Less leg, more heart" - Heather Abbott

4. This image of Prince Harry cheering on his crew at the Invictus Games

"These Games have shone a spotlight on the 'unconquerable' character of servicemen and women, their families and the 'invictus' spirit." - Prince Harry

5. Taylor Swift personally reaches out to a fan that was being bullied on social media and offers her inspiring advice

6. When an 11-year Old Tackles Leukemia & Wins the Battle

"After a bunch of tests, Dr. Cauff diagnosed me with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I was scared, and thought that I was going to die. Then I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to play football. I was wrong both times. Thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Joe D’s, I was able to return to school, sports and all activities one year after I was diagnosed. Two and a half years later, I finished treatment." - Josh

7. This image of a boy rescuing a baby deer from drowning


8. When the White House showed off its LGBT Pride in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in Favor of Gay Marriage

9. This woman who defeated cancer as a child and later joined the British Army serving in Afghanistan

"For me it's important to do well in life. I feel guilty for surviving when other didn't, and for that reason, I'm determined not to be a failure." - Alex Darwin

10. When an injured high school softball player is carried off the field by the opposing team

11. This woman dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue her desire of starting a non-profit organization, Peach’s Neet Feet that provides 50 pairs of shoes to children each month

"Each pair of Peach’s Neet Feet is custom and hand-painted. Every shoe is customized to complement each child’s life, interest, and courageous fight. They are given to children living with disabilities and fighting serious illnesses."

12. This photo of a police officer escorting a family of ducks as they cross the street

13. This photo of a 90-year-old gay couple that finally married after 72 years of being together

“The best part of it is all the love we’ve received, in response from all the people” - Vivian Boyack.
"We haven’t been able to get married until the last few years, so that’s why we’re so old when we’re getting married" - Alice "Nonie" Dubes

14. This image of Ash Dykes celebrating his victory of becoming the first person to traverse the length of Madagascar whilst summiting its eight highest mountains

15. This photograph of a mother and a daughter who were attacked with acid by the husband

16. When a widowed man surprises a random couple that reminded him of his wife Carol whom he lost to cancer by picking up their dinner tab

"Watching them smile and chat as they studied the menu at first made me envious, but the longer I watched, the more I came to realize they are on the same journey as Carol and I experienced over the years” - Lee Ballantyn

17. This image of a boy being passed to his family under barbed wire

18. This photo of Savannah Dejong and her 3-year-old son Rhone, being reunited with her husband after his returning from service in Afghanistan

Cover Image Credit: Thibault Camus / AP

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Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


Cover Image Credit: Katie Ward

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