Let’s face it; we live in a generation that is plagued with a constant need for relevance. Most of us practically live, eat and breathe in our own bubbles of recluse, fed with deadlines, emails, meetings, commitments and mind boggling tasks that blind us from truly celebrating life.
For better or worse many say that things happen for a greater purpose, as we reflect upon the past year let’s take a moment to remember the finer things in life.
The following are 25 of the most memorable articles, videos and moments of 2013 seen through the lives of everyday people.
1) January 23: Undrip Releases “Tech Luminaries Singing for Hurricane Sandy Victims”
This song is dedicated to the people who fight every day in the trenches of entrepreneurship. 25 of some of the world’s top entrepreneurs & investors were brought together to participate in this video. In a statement of what had inspired the team at Undrip to create this video, this is what they had to say: “We feel super lucky to be building products that make people’s lives better, easier and happier (thus “Lucky Ones”). We’re setting out to raise funds for a few small businesses that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.” Click here to watch the full music video.
2) CVCNOWs’: What is love?
Do marriage vows seem to mean as much today as they used to? If you’ve heard anything about the increase in divorce rates, you may wonder. Bill & Glad are ignoring the trends. More than ever the vows they made 50 years ago are being tested. In sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, the promise they are keeping is a true example of what love is.
3) April 15: Danielle Gletow: Granting wishes for foster kids
Foster children don’t often get the things other children do, but Danielle Gletow is trying to help change that. She posts their wishes online so the public can help grant them. “I’m here to be the mom to all these kids who might not feel like they have one,” she said. Since 2008, her group has helped grant more than 6,500 wishes in 42 states.
Read the full story here: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/07/us/cnnheroes-gletow-fosterwishes/index.html
4) May 6: Celebrities Join Together to Sing Dying Fan’s Song
Zach Sobiech is 17 years old and diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that takes the lives of a large percent of its childhood victims. Given only months to live, Zach turned to
music to say goodbye. His song “Clouds” spread, and soon, Zach’s message was heard across the country. The creators of the initiative felt challenged to help Zach spread his message, and bring awareness to increase support for finding a cure. And here’s what they did.
5) May 21: Oklahoma Tornado: Dog Emerges From Debris
A priceless moment was caught on tape as a woman whose home was flattened by a deadly tornado in Oklahoma City was reunited with her dog as a CBS crew recorded an interview with her.
6) Jun 17: Kevin Breel: Confessions of a Depressed Comic
Who says comedians never get depressed? Here’s an honest to goodness, depiction of what depression is to some. Kevin enlightens the whole crowd to a sober sense of relativity.
7) July 20: Photographer Captures Photos Of Every Stage His Wife Went Through In Her Battle With Cancer
Everyday, thousands are living with the devastation caused by Cancer– those with the disease, family members, friends, co-workers, even pets. This illness shakes everyone within the world of those it plagues, and while there are countless people at this very moment dealing with it in some way, not everyone has the ability to use their skills to document the progression. Photographer Angelo Merendino, is one of those talented artists who saw beyond the tragedy of his wife’s fatal battle with breast cancer to showcase the range of human mortality, perseverance, strength, but most importantly love. The collection of photos surfaced on the internet in July of this year driving a swarm of viral attention from the world over.
View the full article here: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/man-captures-photos-of-every-stage-hiswife-went-through-in-her-battle-with-cancer/
8) July 23: Man buys 500 free coffees, sparks ‘pay it forward’ movement.
Days after an Edmonton resident walked into a Tim Hortons in July and paid $860 for coffee for the next 500 customers, an anonymous man in Calgary did the same. This was followed by two others who repeated the gesture in Ottawa and Red Deer, as well as many other cities across Canada.
Read the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/23/man-buys-500-coffees-edmontontim-hortons_n_3642254.html
9) September 11: Ricky Gervais Tells A Story About How He Learned To Write
No stranger to comedy, Ricky expounds comically on the one life changing lesson he learnt growing up that made him who he is today.
10) September 16: Fundraiser Draws $100K for Homeless Man Who Returned Money-Filled Bag
A good deed was re-paid in more than double when homeless man that received $100k raised after returned over $40k worth of cash and travelers cheques to a foreign business man that left his backpack at a shopping mall in Boston.
Read the full story here: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/09/19/fundraiser-draws-100k-for-homelessman-who-returned-money-filled-bag/
11) September 28: “I Quit”
Sometimes enough is enough. Aptly named “I Quit” Marina Shifrin, shot a video that went viral almost instantly last September garnering an access of 17mil views in three months, when she quit her job through a video that she posted youtube. The video shows Shifrin dancing comically to Kanye’s song “Gone” which reached the billboard top 20 eight years after its release, thanks to Shifrin’s informal mode of resignation.
12) October 16: Former US National Guardsman is Making life Easier for Disabled Veterans
After Dale Beatty CNN heroes Nominee, lost his legs in the Iraq war, his community thanked him for his service by helping him build a home. To pay it forward, Beatty co-founded Purple Heart Homes in the summer of 2013, which has helped build or modify homes for dozens of disabled U.S. veterans. “We wouldn’t leave someone behind on the battlefield,” Beatty said. “Why would we do it at home?”.
Read the full story and watch the video here: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/14/us/cnnheroes-beattyveterans-homes/index.html
13) October 21: Robin Emmons: Creating an oasis in a ‘food desert’
More than 72,000 people in Charlotte, North Carolina, lack access to fresh produce. When Robin Emmons discovered this problem, she took action. “I decided to rip up my whole backyard and make it all a garden for people in need,” she said. Since 2008, Emmons has grown more than 26,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables for area residents.
Read the full story here: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/12/living/cnnheroes-emmons-fooddeserts/index.html
14) October 24: 105 Year Old Man Receives High School Diploma
It’s almost impossible not to smile when watching this video of Bill and Josie Mohr simply because their happiness is so contagious. The couple from Philadelphia has a lot to be happy about. They just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and Bill’s 105th birthday. And if that wasn’t enough, Bill earned his high school diploma at age 105, a feat most shy away from. He’s living proof that you’re never too old to learn.
View the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/bill-mohr-high-schooldiploma_n_4157862.html
15) November 3: Georges Bwelle: Bringing health care to the jungle
For decades, Georges Bwelle watched his father suffer, unable to get the medical attention he needed. Now a doctor, Bwelle travels into the jungles of his native Cameroon nearly every weekend, providing free medical care for those who don’t have access to good health care. “To make people laugh, to reduce the pain, that’s why I’m doing this,” he said.
Read Bwelle’s full story here: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/01/world/africa/cnnheroes-bwellecameroon-doctor/index.html
16) November 6: Homeless Veteran Timelapse Transformation
The before and after of this video will amaze you. The power of transformation goes beyond skin deep and also encompasses matter of the heart such was done in the case of Jim wolf, a homeless war veteran with issues of alcoholism. Jim has since voluntarily entered a three month rehabilitation clinic (donated free of charge!) to help work on his sobriety. He also has a dozen job offers, and will have his dental care completely revamped by dentists who have agreed to donate their services.
17) November 21: Kid President’s 20 Things We Should Say More Often
Here’s a kid we can all learn a thing or two from. Here he shares a special list of 20 things we should say more often.
18) November 22: Father Captures Son’s Tough First Year
Benjamin Miller a proud father from Columbus, Ohio, captured the anguish, and ultimate joy, of his premature baby’s journey from birth to coming home in a nearly 7-minute film that has gone viral, with more than 8 million views on YouTube since it went up in November. Miller created the video, which chronicles son Ward, from his premature birth on July 16, 2012 (he arrived 3 and a half months early) at 1.5 pounds, through October 31 of this year, his one year homecoming anniversary. It was a surprise birthday gift for Miller’s wife Lyndsey, who turned 32 on
19) November 24: How Two boys’ Took on Bullies at Their School.
Danny, who is the team’s water coach, has a speech condition as a result of a brain hemorrhage that occurred when he was a newborn. That condition, along with his habit of wearing a suit, jacket and tie to school, led kids to make fun of him. But his team’s quarterback, fifth-grader Tommy Cooney, wouldn’t stand for the bullying. So he organized a day where the entire team dressed up like Danny.
Read the full story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/24/danny-keefe_n_4325089.html
20) November 25: Miles Scott, a five-year-old leukemia patient, runs to save a damsel-in-distress as part of his wish to be Batkid for a day.
View full story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/15/batkid-san-francisco_n_4283772.html
21) National Geographic Traveler: Photo of the Year Winner“
I was in Manaus, Amazonas, during the Brazilian Aquathlon (swimming and running) championship. I photographed it from the water and my lens got completely wet, but there was so much energy in these boys that I just didn’t worry about that.” – Wagner Araujo
22) December 2: A City in the Philippines proved the power of Interreligious cooperation.
Zamboanga City in the Philippines was ravaged by an armed conflict between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the local government. The fight created tension between local Christians and Muslims, but when the fighting ended, members of both religious groups joined forces to pick up the pieces, the Inquirer Mindanao reports.
View the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/17/muslims-rebuild-churchph_n_4454923.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news
23) December 5: Nelson Mandela Death
Mr Mandela led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities.He had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital. Announcing the news on South African national TV, President Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela was at peace. “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” Mr Zuma said.
24) Dec 11: Time’s Person of the Year award 2013: Pope Francis
Watch the video to find our why Pope Fracis was chosen as Person of the Year by Time’s in this video.
25) December 17: Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor, Proposes To Nurse He Met In Rehab.
James Costello was standing just meters away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, when a bomb went off that changed his life forever. He was severely burned on the right arm and leg and had 2 nails shot into his abdomen. While undergoing rehabilitation at the Spalding Rehabilitation he met a nurse named Krista D’Agostino. Fate took over from there. Costello, 31, found the reason he was a part of that tragic event.
View the full story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/17/james-costelloengaged_n_4459305.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news