As we head into the new decade, many of us are taking time to reflect on the past. Some of us are trying to figure out what aspects of ourselves we would like to improve on.
Creating New Year’s resolutions has been a tradition for centuries. However, for some people, it’s more about reflecting on obstacles they overcame to get where they are today than about quitting a bad habit.
John Heywood famously said, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” The same thing can be said for turning your life around. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes vast determination and hard work to start a new beginning.
Perhaps you’re thinking of turning your life around for the New Year. Or maybe you are simply craving a fresh start. In any case, these 25 Heartwarming Stories of People Turning Their Lives Around should give you the inspiration you need to get started.
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Becoming a Congressman
The meaning of life is often questioned when tragedy strikes. When Kweisi Mfume lost his mother, he was just 16 years old. Nothing was ever the same. He dropped out of high school and fathered five children before his 20th birthday.
It wasn’t until Mfume was in his early twenties that he realized he needed to turn his life around. Four years after enrolling in college, he graduated from John Hopkins University. He was later elected to the Baltimore City Council, Congress, and then became president of the NAACP.
From Mafia to Hollywood
Georgia Durante was born and raised in Rochester, New York. She started her modeling career when she was just 13 years old. Durante’s stunning looks helped to land her on the front page of Cover Girl, a popular women’s magazine.
Her life took a turn for the worse when she married an abusive mobster. She was forced to put her dreams on hold to be their getaway driver.
Luckily, Durante was able to take back control of her life. She divorced her husband and started her own stunt-driving company called Performance Two.
Catch Me If You Can
When Frank Abagnale was just 16 years old, he started creating fraudulent checks. It would take investigators five years to track down this mysterious criminal. While Abagnale was on the run, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, doctor, lawyer, and college professor.
He was finally apprehended by the French police when he was 21 years old. After getting released from prison, Abagnale decided to give up his criminal ways and devote his time to helping companies and law enforcement agencies with fraud security.
After spending a few years battling cancer, Morrie Boogaart’s will to live started to dwindle. Then he found a new purpose. Boogaart started knitting hats for the homeless, and his outlook on life started to change.
“God has a plan for your life. You can see it in every step you took. I’m the hat man. I just started doing what I liked to do to help people,” said Boogaart.
Before dying at the age of 93, he spent 15 years knitting hats for the homeless. During those years, he knit over 8,000 hats. He proved it’s never too late to turn your life around.
Spreading the Love
Every day, millions of people casually walk by people sleeping on the streets. Adam August, a 28-year-old businessman, saw the same homeless man a few days in a row before finally building up the courage to ask him to lunch.
August learned the man’s name was Atkinson. Before long, August decided he wanted to do more than just buy the man a meal. He wanted to help change his life. With a little help and guidance, Atkinson got a job at Safeway and was able to turn his life around.