“It’s really simple actually—it’s just try and make people happy. Maybe you have to learn it with time, maybe you have to learn it the hard way. But as long as you learn it, you’re going to make the world a better place.” ~ Zach Sobiech
Yesterday, Zach Sobiech passed away from cancer. He was 18 years old. When faced with the news that he was dying, Zach decided the best way to fight it was with a smile. He embraced life more fully than most people who live to be 100. In the process, he impacted the lives of millions.
While Zach stated in a documentary that he wants to be remembered for his smile and positive attitude, it’s important to understand just how many bad days there must have been for him and his family along the way. Sometimes it takes a lot of strength to smile.
Thank you, Zach, for reminding us about what’s truly important in life. You’ve made the world a better place and the lessons you have taught us all will shine long after you’re gone.
To learn more about Zach’s smile, click here.
You may not have realized it, but two weeks ago was cat hugging day! We are in shock that we missed this wonderful day so we hope you join us in celebrating a belated day in honor of our feline friends!
It sounds like a fable or a fairy tale. The main characters are an orphaned baby hippopotamus and a 130-year-old giant tortoise. The hippo was rescued from a natural disaster of biblical proportions, and the tortoise was meant to be dinner a century ago. But the story of Owen the hippo and Mzee the tortoise is absolutely true.
The animals are both the wards of Dr. Paula Kahumbu, general manager of Lafarge Ecosystems, which runs a sanctuary in Mombasa, Kenya. She tells Jennifer Ludden the story of a highly unlikely friendship and the children’s book she helped write to tell the tale.
Read the rest of the story on NPR here.
Here’s a hug to go bananas for!