25 Brave People Who Make Their Lives 10 Times More Enjoyable With Drastic Changes

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People generally afraid of big changes and avoid completely. These 25 people realized that changes don't just happen without making an afford and they took control of their lives.

1. “I have a year of sobriety today for very first time in my life!”

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2. “13 years ago, I started medical school. I walked out today a heart and lung surgeon. Today, I am happy!”

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3. “I don’t have use of my hands so I paint with my mouth. This was my first oil and animal painting.”

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4. “I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 8 years old and have always been severely near-sighted. I just got laser eye surgery and now have 20/20 vision. I cried the first time I realized I could see all the leaves in the trees without my glasses. It’s a good day.”

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5. “3 years ago, I had my first solo gig, where there were 5 people in the audience and I was nervous as hell. Last night, I played a gig in front of over 1,000 people and loved every single second.”

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6. “This is my little brother Matthew (18). At 6 weeks old he was told he’d never be able to walk and would be stuck in a wheelchair his whole life. 2 months ago he was told it was possible. This is him, one month into training alongside me, walking a full 40 yards without any support.”

7. “I said yesterday I would make my apartment livable again and I did it! Bye-bye, depression.”

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8. “My super awesome dad just got his Ph.D. (the first doctor in the family, grew up dirt poor) and I’m so proud of him I just had to tell someone. Seriously Pops, you are, by far, the man I respect the most.”

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9. “4 years ago my brother and I decided to follow our passion and start a furniture company. Last month we won our first award! It’s not much but we are super excited!!”

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10. “After a year of living on the streets, Phil has landed a job at McDonald’s — thanks in part to the Tallahassee police officer who gave him a shave and fresh clothes before his interview.”

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11. “After 32 long years of dreaming, I finally rescued my first pup. Meet Honey.”

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12. “After 30 years of smoking I finally had enough.”

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13. “My first haircut in 17 years!”

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14. “Quit my job 30 minutes ago after being miserable and depressed for the last 3 years and having put up with some of the worst people and management I’ve ever dealt with in my life. So happy right now. Literally cried tears of joy and relief.”

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15. “I’m active! I eat around 1600 calories a day on a diet. I do cardio and weight training. Whatever you set your mind to you can achieve and I promise you that!”

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16. “My father, after losing both of his legs in 2018, walked again in 2019.”

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17. “My boyfriend recently quit his job to become a full-time artist. Since then, he has worked with a Canadian brewery to illustrate their beer cans.”

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18. A visually impaired girl finished law school. Her mother (on the right) also got an award for preparing her daughter for every exam: She read all her law books to her for 4 years in a row.

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19. “Feeling like a brand new lady 3 weeks post-op!”

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20. “I was laid off from a long-term job recently and 2 days later decided to do something ‘crazy.’ So at 35 years old I rented a longboard — and caught my first wave. I feel alive again.”

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21. "This girl lost 150 lbs in 3 years. Start now, don’t wait any longer."

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22. “I left an abusive marriage with a 6-month-old baby, moved in with my parents, and worked to establish myself as an artist. Now my son is 8, I’m doing what I love, and today we moved into our first house together. Just us, conquering the world.”

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23. "He decided he wanted to lose weight and his friend made sure he was there every day to help him. Not there yet, but he’s closer than he was yesterday."

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24. “I was sick of everything about 6 months ago and decided to drop it all and build a tiny home. After some headaches and some heartaches, I’m finally almost finished! I proudly present to you my CozyCasa.”

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25. “It’s been 5 years since I tried to end my life at 17. The stigma I saw in hospitals for BPD broke my heart & made me vow I’d do everything in my power to one day be the person helping those who are vulnerable. At 22 I’m just about to start my first placement as a Mental Health nurse.”

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