When faced with great obstacles in life, ordinary people find the most amazing ways to overcome their challenges – inspiring and injecting new meaning not only into their own lives, but the lives of those who witness their triumphs.
Too often most of us catch ourselves just going through the motions in life, trudging through each day on automatic pilot – seemingly without purpose, and definitely without passion.
Occasionally, a powerful story or image crosses our radar, giving us the chance to pause and reconsider the true meaning of life. The 15 photographs which follow are sure to stop you in your tracks – making you appreciate your life, and putting your problems in perspective.
1. The Trials of Syrian Refugees
This photograph captures the difficult journey of millions of refugees fleeing Syria to Western Europe, as they pursue the dream of a safe life for themselves and their families.
The fastest and simplest way to cross the Balkans to the safety of the border of Germany or Austria is to walk the railway tracks. The children in this photo are doing just that, confronting the agony of walking endlessly each day in search of a better existence. They carry on despite their uncertain fate – in spite of refugee quotas, and the unwelcoming attitude of many nations.
A photo like this should open our eyes to the fact that every human being deserves a safe and peaceful life, and should help us see how small our own daily challenges really are.