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25 Inspiring People Who Finally Made Their Lifelong Dreams Come True

#9 is pure happiness!

Dreams are part of what defines us as individuals. Sometimes they guide our choices throughout life and we keep them as tiny treasures deep within our hearts.

Have you had a lifelong dream, a goal that seems just out of reach? It’s never too late to work on it and make it happen. If you need some inspiration, here are 25 people who finally made their lifelong dreams come true. Oh, and be warned that you might shed a few tears!

#1

“Yesterday I married this beautiful woman. After years of PTSD, crippling anxiety, and depression I can finally say I am the happiest man I have ever been. She sees the beauty in every little thing around her and it is by her example that I have learned to truly love life.”

#2

“After years of struggling to get out of bed with pain from endometriosis and RA, this morning I walked 2.5 miles of the Great Wall.”

#3

“After four years of trying to figure out how to be an utterly single mom, homelessness, and living in my car, we finally moved into a real home. We are going to have obligatory floor pizza on our first night.”

#4

“After many long years in school, my Master’s diploma came. I am so happy and proud of myself.”

#5

“I bought my first house today!”

#6

“I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression since I was 15. Since bringing Mia into my life just one week ago, I’ve felt more happiness and peace than I ever thought possible. With her by my side, I know 26 will be my best year yet.”

#7

“I’ve just completed my certification to become a class A skydiver! Here’s a shot from my grad jump.”

#8

“After nearly two months of being unemployed, horrible depression, and eating nothing but rice and beans for the past two weeks, I now have two jobs. One as a bartender and another as a pita maker. I am not only very happy, but extremely grateful.”

#9

“Our adoption was finalized today! I’m ‘officially’ a dad!”

#10

“In their 34 years of marriage, my parents worked multiple jobs to support our family. Every summer they would fill a small, round, inflatable pool with water from the garden hose for us kids. Yesterday they had their first swim in their very own pool!”

#11

“My disability has meant that I’ve never been able to style my own hair because I can only reach my head with one hand. For Christmas, my Dad got me a special set of curlers that I can use one-handed. Independence feels so good!”

#12

“I’m holding my new album CD for the first time. I wrote this album while going through depression and I couldn’t be happier to still be alive and experience this.”

#13

“My dad loves LEGOs, so for his 50th birthday, we got him the Hogwarts Castle. He’s so happy.”

#14

“I ran my first race today! It was 6.5 km and I did it in 44:27! I trained for 2 months and lost nearly 3 clothing sizes, having never been a runner before. I’m so proud of myself!”

#15

“Today, for the first time in my anorexia recovery, I’ve been told that ‘I look healthy.’ It made me so happy!”

#16

“My daughter won a welding skills competition today. Best Valentine’s Day gift ever!”

#17

“My grandma has always wanted to dye her hair, and it finally happened.”

#18

“I’ve lost a lot of weight and can finally see it when I look in the mirror. This is the first time in months I’ve dressed up and felt genuinely decent looking.”

#19

“I’ve never seen my dad go a whole day without a drink, until this year. 24 days sober and counting!”

#20

“I have finished photographing the final recipe for my first cookbook! I’m a self-taught photographer and home cook and I’ve been working nights and weekends developing over 100 recipes, over four months. Soon I’m going to be a published author and I’m so freaking proud.”

#21

“I’ve waited 28 years to finally get my first pet. Everyone, meet Mycroft.”

#22

“My 90-year-old friend and I just published the first-ever English translation of a 75-year-old Armenian book.”

#23

“I became an American citizen in June and my passport came in the mail today! I cried tears of joy when I saw the envelope, and even more when I opened it.”

#24

“I’m in remission! And I have a hairline again.”

#25

This is Gabriel Nobre, 19, with his mom and sister right after he found out he’d passed Brazil’s famously difficult university entrance exam. This young man had cut a deal with a prep course to clean their building in exchange for free classes to help him prepare for the exam.

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Being a good entrepreneur can be learned from experience, inspiration, and determination. However, some people are just born with it.

In fact, one boy in Beijing, China, has clearly proven that being a businessman doesn’t have an age limit. All you need is perseverance, belief in yourself, and a fantastic idea.

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Student Goes To School With Makeshift Pen Made Of Wood And Rubber Band

This kid’s perseverance touched the hearts of netizens.

Let's face it, not all students value the simple things such as pens, pencils, and other school supplies. The unfortunate fact, however, is that there are also plenty of youngsters who are struggling to make ends meet and have to cope with very limited resources just so they can still study.

Take this young boy from Samar, Philippines, for example. He was so determined to keep learning that he refused to skip school even if he doesn’t have a proper pen. Instead of giving up, he went to school with an improvised writing tool made of wood and rubber band.

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25 Uplifting Photos That Capture The True Essence of Happiness

Pure happiness is always around us – if we know where to look!

"Happiness," religious leader Joseph Smith Jr once said, "is the purpose and design of our existence - and will be the end thereof if we pursue the path that leads to it."

But in today's grim world, is it still possible to "pursue" joy in our lives? It's easier to feel miserable and pessimistic because of all the bad news, right? Well the photos below will probably make you feel otherwise.

As you will see in these images, happiness is always in the right places around us as long as we know where to look. Furthermore, true happiness isn't in expensive devices and big houses but in people, moments, and even animals!...

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