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.
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
PASSING THE 5TH GRADE
I was so nervous about if I get to go the next grade or not. But when I got the report card I slowly opened it and checked. And it said I was going to the next grade. I danced so much and knew that my parents would be so happy for me. SUBMITTED BY JACOBIE OROZCORead Story
FROM STRESS TO STRENGTH
Being jobless for the last three months I am depressed now a days. My son has lost his admission from a good school and he might have to go to a less qualitative school. I have moved from a spacious apartment to a lesser apartment in order to reduce my living expenses. My wife has built extra stress. On top of... SUBMITTED BY JUNAID TAHIRRead Story
I remember 20 family members sharing a room...which at night was the bedroom; and at different times during the day - dressing room, breakfast table(s), lunch room, snack table(s), home work center, prayer room. Also, a home that warmly welcomed and accommodated visitors! The central theme..."every place a thing... SUBMITTED BY DEANNERead Story
HOW ROCK BOTTOM BECAME THE FOUNDATION FOR BUILDING MY CAREER
So, here we are at the end of the year. My daughter’s birth month so a time I always get incredibly nostalgic. I’ve read a lot of people’s autobiographies over the year and taken so much inspiration and motivation from them. So, I’ve decided to pluck up the courage and share a little of my own. To remind those... SUBMITTED BY SHARON BALLARDRead Story
In the summer of 2017 I had a firework go off in my right hand and ended up loosing my index finger, middle finger, end of my ring finger and the end off my thumb. All in all it was still a good day because I was still Alive and knowing it could have been a lot worse.
When I got to the hospital my parents... SUBMITTED BY WESLEY WILLIAMSRead Story
CHUCK, WES, ANDREW, HUNTER SEMP
These guys have lived to serve others in their lives. They have chosen paths that require commitment and a centered life. They live to make the world a better place. As teenagers they sang gospel music anywhere that could, anytime. As adults, they have chosen careers of service. Self sacrifice has always been... SUBMITTED BY JEANRead Story
HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE
2017 was an excellent year to hike the Appalachian Trail. With so many people breaking records, challenging their physical limits and embarking on the journey of a lifetime, an influx of amazing people walked along this Trail, inspiring everyone they met. It almost seemed like a divine, cosmic event, that such... SUBMITTED BY SANDRA "SHEHULK" SACHSRead Story
HOPE IS AN ATTITUDE
It is widely accepted that Hope is the one thing that makes people succeed in whatever they set out to achieve. When the chips are down and when one is feeling defeated, Hope is supposed to keep you going, Hope is what turns the tide. So, what is Hope? How would one describe Hope? Is it a feeling, is it an... SUBMITTED BY DEEPAK MALHOTRARead Story
During the hurricane my mother who is close to 80 didn’t have power in her house for 2 weeks . My daughter Alexandria stayed with her and helped her. Her roof was leaking and she tried to go on the roof to try to fix it but it was too dangerous. I who am her mother was not there because I am working in South... SUBMITTED BY MELANIE ALDERSHOFFRead Story
LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
I don’t know that this essay fits the bill as it’s very dark at times, but that’s a big part of mental illness.
I remember my first reaction to any diagnosis was relief, ah hah I knew I wasn’t right. Now let’s get me some pills and some therapy and knock this thing out! Well I rather quickly discovered for... SUBMITTED BY CRAIG SCHERMANRead Story
I had a stroke at birth, doctors to this day still don’t know why I had the stroke. I was in hospital for a month and stopped breathing several times at which point I nearly died. When I was released from hospital I was a year behind my milestones but caught up. After a few years I recovered fully from the stroke... SUBMITTED BY TANIELLE Read Story