We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.
I am seven years older than my twin cousins. When I was young, I think 8 or 9, they were toddlers. They really liked me and me them. They would cry a lot and I only saw them for the final two weeks of the year over break because I lived in New York and them in LA.
One night I was playing with them and it was... SUBMITTED BY GRIFFIN RUBINRead Story
THE NEVER ENDING SEARCH FOR KNOWLEDGE
I have found that the more information we can gather in our lives enhances the quality of our lives. Education can also be called experience - the events we see around us and the situations we life through. I liken experiences to pieces of a giant life puzzle. Each piece we gather and fit into the puzzle adds... SUBMITTED BY DENNIS G. DIEDERead Story
THE VALUE STORY
For as long as I can remember, I have been particularly close to my family. I share many passions and interests with my father, mother, and sister, and we spend a great deal of time together enjoying one another's company. As a result, the values that my parents hold have become deeply instilled in my identity as... SUBMITTED BY ALEXANDER ROUDERead Story
NEW HOMES, SAME FAMILY
When people ask me where I grew up, I can never give a solid answer. I've moved nine times in six different states and have never lived somewhere consistently for more than 3 years. Throughout all these moves, houses would change, schools would change, and even friends would change. However, family was always a... SUBMITTED BY AUSTIN Read Story
When I was in second grade and my parents constantly fought and eventually got divorced, my big brother always told me to smile. Smile, and it would be okay. Smile, try to be optimistic, and things would get better. And they did. It’s unhealthy to pout and be upset for extended periods of time, so I... SUBMITTED BY ALANA Read Story
NEVER STOP MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Coming from a family of teachers and medical professionals, the impact of making a difference has been apparent to me from a young age. Contributing to a cause bigger than myself has incredible meaning in my life, because I wouldn't be where I am without others helping me along in the darkest of times.... SUBMITTED BY CONNOR DAUGHERTYRead Story
Hope has been a core value of mine for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I hated going to high school and living in a small town. Hope was the only thing that got me through my 8 years of middle/high school. When I came to college I thought my life was set, but then I went through an event that... SUBMITTED BY SAMRead Story
THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVE IN A BUSY WORLD
I think love is an incredibly important value, especially as we get older and busier. With little time to invest in activities, we might end up taking the relationships in our life for granted. However, I was always raised to remember that the most important things in life aren't monetary or even tangible.
My... SUBMITTED BY VINEELA APPALANENIRead Story
MY SUPPORT SYSTEM
Ever since I was young, my parents and older brother have always cheered me on - whether it was at a dance competition, piano recital, or an academic accomplishment. They were there even when I attempted 1 of 10 sports, only to later realize I just wasn’t that athletic. Point is - they never stopped to tell me I... SUBMITTED BY AYEESHARead Story
LOOKING AT THE BRIGHT SIDE
It is pretty obvious how other people's mood and feelings affect your own mood and feelings - if you are going though the day and someone that is constantly angry or sad it can make you annoyed, sad or even angry too. During high school I was going through the classic rebellious teenager phase in which I would... SUBMITTED BY MARCELARead Story
FRIENDSHIP PULLS YOU THROUGH
When I was little, I thought everything was the way it should be. I thought that nothing would ever change. I had great friends, great parents, and a loving family. One day, all of my friends moved away. I thought that I would never be able to make new friends, but I did. That day, I realized what friendship... SUBMITTED BY KATE TANNENBAUMRead Story
A DETERMINED FATHER
As a boy from a broken family, I didn’t have anything handed to me on a silver platter. At an early age I worked with my Uncle and got a paper route. I worked odd jobs because I was too young to legally work. Not because I wanted to work, but because I wanted things every child wants. For me it was a game... SUBMITTED BY VIRALDAYRead Story
I'm only twelve and i'm out of this world. When i start to listen music... It's like I'm opening a door of my dream world.
I sing a lot and i wanna be a singer... I have plans and I just believe in myself. But other people don't believe in me YET.
I know its hard to believe when ur friend tells you: you know i... SUBMITTED BY LINARead Story
ADOPTEE SEEKS AND FINDS
It took over twenty years to find my non-identifying birth information, never knowing my half sibling sister was also searching for her sister. Her Mom gave up for adoption.
A fantastic online search registry put us together.
On Super Bowl Sunday in 2000, contact was made! Two sisters connected and... SUBMITTED BY MARIA OROZCO Read Story
ALWAYS BE HUMBLE AND KIND
My twin brother and I were raised by our grandparents. They have taught us so many things about life, but the one thing that has always stuck with me is to always be humble and kind no matter what you do in life. My grandpa always told us no matter where life leads you, always remember your values and where you... SUBMITTED BY NICOLE MANSFIELD Read Story