The year has come to an end and as we look back in time we see bold changes, both in the form of good and bad experiences. But there are people who have done some remarkable work that inspired us to become a better human being and motivated us to bring positive change to create a healthy society.
Summing up the 6 moments that really inspired us to be better for days and years to come:
New Yorkers scrubbed hateful graffiti off a subway car.
In February, a New Yorker, Chef Jared Nied (not in the picture) was the first person to speak up about the hateful comments and decided to remove them which were present on every other window, door, and ad of the train. As he searched for tissue papers, the other passengers gave him the hand sanitizer and together they all cleaned off the anti-semitic and Nazi graffiti written everywhere on a train car.
A Florida high school student starts a club, so no one sits alone at lunch.
“No kid should eat alone,” Denis Estimon told the Sun Sentinel. “There are so many problems in this world and the only thing that can solve it is relationships.”
Denis along with his three friends wanted to make lunch a fun time and hence the group started a We Dine Together engagement in which these four friends roam around the campus to interact with people who are eating alone.
An 81-year-old woman taught herself to code and launched an iPhone app.
“You don’t have to be a professional,” Masako Wakamiya said in a TEDx talk. “If you have creativity, if you have a playful mind, you can create teaching materials.”
She couldn’t persuade others to create an app for seniors so she created one herself. At the age of 81, this incredible woman designed an app called Hinadan, ‘a game featuring ornamental dolls and traditional clothing inspired by Japan’s traditional festival Hinamatsuri,’ CNN reports.
A hairdresser cuts homeless people’s hair and started a hashtag to humanize homelessness.
“It doesn’t matter where you are, but I believe we’ve all got more time than we actually probably say we do to connect with each other,” Hairdresser Josh Coombes said in a recent insider video. “Compassion does hurt right when you’re reaching out and listening to someone and hearing about the problems, but the truth is they exist anyway. And if you’re anything like me I prefer to connect with that.”
Coombes started his campaign with #DoSomethingForNothing to humanize homelessness. Along with him is another musician, Chris Leamy who contributes to this beautiful cause by playing songs in the street to collect donations.
A 5-year-old started a lemonade stand to raise money for people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
In September, the Hurricane Harvey left Houston and Texas under 4-feet of water, relocating people from their homes. But when the storm abated, with so many other people, there also stood a 5-year-old kid who sold sweet tea and lemonade for 50¢ a cup to collect donations for the homeless, thirsty and hungry people affected by the Hurricane.
Celebrity chefs donated to a cancer patient planning an Anthony Bourdain-inspired road trip.
Ali Allouche, a 17-year-old cancer patient fighting osteosarcoma, watched episodes of
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” before and after surgery. And later, Allouche and his mother decided to plan a culinary road trip. For that, he made a GoFund Me page in October that celebrity chef Robert Irvine took notice of. And many chefs with other people ended up donating to his page.