Many of us come from humble beginnings. We make something of ourselves with hard work and a bit of luck and have every right to be proud of our success. But it's important to remember where we came from. It keeps us down to earth and doesn't let us take anything for granted.

A recent trend online is dedicated to just that. It has people making "How It Started vs. How It's Going" posts, sharing photos before and after they succeeded. Some are revealing their own roots, some are showing where their role models began their journeys, but all of these posts are 100% wholesome and inspiring.

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atiralyons Report

Pseudo Puppy
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1 month ago

everyone now googles Atira Lyons..... (I know I am!!)

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It's easy to feel like crap in 2020. The deadly pandemic, police brutality, civil rights protests, conspiracy theories, political crises... In most parts of the world — especially, the United States — it seems as though every 10 minutes yields another dire post on Reddit or Instagram.

Scary news puts our brains on high alert. As Rebecca Renner wrote in a wonderful piece for National Geographic, it was an advantage to our early ancestors, guarding them from predators and natural disasters, but now it leaves us “doomscrolling” through endless social media feeds to stay abreast of the latest threats.

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ESPNFC Report

manon M
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1 month ago

Kylian mbappé Psg player

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Our hearts race, and our minds keep looking for the next big catastrophe. We want to feel prepared, so we become addicted to the updates, coming back for more until the world seems far worse than before.

In Western culture, people usually tend to interpret present events negatively and often prefer the past, according to the research of Carey Morewedge, a professor of marketing at Boston University. That is because our autobiographical memories are highly programmed toward positivity -- when we think about the past, we mostly remember positive experiences. This is called "rosy retrospection," or "nostalgia bias."

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hammih Report

Clara Knaub
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1 month ago

Awwww!

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Even historians fall victim to this trap as well. It might lead to glittering terms like the "Gilded Age," says Erika Harlitz-Kern, a historian at Florida International University in Miami. In American history, for example, the Gilded Age refers to the period between 1870 and 1900, when the Industrial Revolution resulted in huge advancements in technology, culture, and the arts.

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MercedesBenzUSA Report

Amy Grant
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1 month ago

I'd drive the left one :D

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"But this time period was also a time of social inequality, great poverty, and the continued genocide and displacement of Native Americans," Harlitz-Kern pointed out. Nonetheless, the term Gilded Age refers to the period in an obviously positive light.

It looks like we will always be facing one issue or another. Or a few really big ones at once. So we really need to learn how to deal with them and not let them crush us. To quote Ernest Hemingway, "Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated."

If making posts online in honor of even the slightest achievements gets us closer to persevering, let's do it.

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SLAYLLENA Report

Lilly Rose Poppy
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1 month ago

Her face is still so similar!!!

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_JaNyeAiko Report

Clara Knaub
Community Member
1 month ago

Good for her! 🌸

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espnW Report

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
1 month ago

Boy oh Boy J. Kony; you are a very unpleasant and unhappy person. Really too bad because the world isn't as ugly as you are.

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_vonnn8 Report

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 month ago

this is Von8... creator of VCN Clothing. (Vision. Create Network Clothing) https://vcnclothing.com/

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mehnaaaaz Report

Mark Serbian
Community Member
1 month ago

Awesome!

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UConnWBB Report

Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

He's been playing women's basketball ever since he was a young boy...

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Falana_Dikana Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Plus that amazing statue in between... haha

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LilNasX Report

Rick
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Was he famous back then or was he known for something else? 13.5k likes is high for a ‘normal’ person tweeting, isn’t it? EDIT: oh, or did the likes come after when people went back through his timeline?

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Ahir_belivess Report

M O'Connell
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1 month ago

For those not in-the-know, he's an Indian cricket player now.

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KingKTown1 Report

Jamie S. Martindale
Community Member
1 month ago

First there were two of us, and now due to secret cloning technology, there's an even dozen!

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YonceVocals Report

LittleMissLotus
Community Member
1 month ago

I personally think that Beyonce's music is ok, my problem is just how overhyped it is

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hopeikpokujnr Report

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 month ago

If my google search is right - these guys are all from Government Housing in the UK (the british equivalent of the ghetto, in the US), and had never acted before they got their roles in The Top Boy (Netflix show, in its 4th season). One of them is named Hope Ikpoku

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iamsrk__junior Report

Kenna Cook
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1 month ago

Upvote if you stayed this far XD

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makhalaaaaa Report

LittleMissLotus
Community Member
1 month ago

Pretty then, and pretty now!

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rubin_rubio Report

Philip Malchek
Community Member
1 month ago

Did he lose his friend? :(

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ONIKALIVE Report

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 month ago

in between: totally changed her style, her styling, and her target audience.

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spurs Report

M O'Connell
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1 month ago

Did you ever give his nose back?

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_spill_the_tee_ Report

Gill Case
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1 month ago

For me this is the best one

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warriors Report

lailyfnoor
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1 month ago

the picture looks like a father gives a support to his son on basketball game

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Capitals Report

Shelby P
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1 month ago

I wonder how many teeth are gone...

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jess_ma22 Report

Yvonne Blau
Community Member
1 month ago

Who and what am I looking at? Some of these entries need some more info, for the lazy pandas that don't want to open another tab to google...

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CoachDawnP Report

Lilly Rose Poppy
Community Member
1 month ago

I love seeing all the women’s basketball things on this list. It gives me hope for future girls who want to play basketball professionally

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dwaholic Report

KoalaOfDragons
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1 month ago

I'm sorry but that stage looks like a toilet with someone's balls hanging

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UNC_Basketball Report

Aria Whitaker
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1 month ago

My TEAM!! Go Heels!

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RangersNic Report

A Bringhurst
Community Member
1 month ago

2 years?

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KKRiders Report

Gemjoybug
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1 month ago

Legend!

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