10 People Who Proved That You Can Change Everything Whenever You Want

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Bright Side wants to share 10 incredible stories of people who managed to change their lives for the better.

Cindy became a model at the age of 49 and started her own business

One day Cindy decided to go gray, and she attracted the attention of a Dolce & Gabbana casting agent, who was looking for a model. That’s how Cindy Joseph started her career. Cindy was modelling for various brands, but then she decided to start her own business and created a line of skin and makeup products that keep skin healthy without promising fantastic rejuvenation. Cindy believes that the secret of true beauty lies in the ability to enjoy who you are and celebrate your age.

A Moscow tattoo artist defeated cancer

One year ago a tattoo artist from Moscow, Rinat Karimov, created an Instagram page, @rinat_vs_lymphoma. The page had an unusual name: "Photo blog about me getting lymphoma and kicking its ass. Live." Rinat fought this horrible disease for 51 weeks, and a couple of months ago he told his 86,000 followers that he won!

A young couple changed beyond recognition after losing weight

Justin and Lauren Shelton led a happy life. They thought that absolutely everything was fine, including their weight, which was over 750 pounds (340 kg) combined. The couple’s life changed when Justin fell ill and had to go to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a potential kidney infection. A scan was needed to confirm the diagnosis, but the imaging machine could not support Justin’s weight. When it happened, Justin and Lauren decided to make a change. Justin lost 100 pounds (45 kg) after half a year of dieting and exercise. As a result, in a year Justin dropped 385 pounds (175 kg) and Lauren lost 172 pounds (78 kg).

A hitchhiking senior citizen

Sonya Sagitova retired at the age of 55 and decided to start traveling. She went to a highway, pointed her thumb up, and that’s how her story began. Sonya has been to more than 40 countries and to almost every region of Russia. “Doctors diagnosed me with numerous diseases,“ says Sonya, ”and they even suggested applying for disability benefits. But I’m no handicapped person! I’m traveling the world nonstop."

Money can’t buy happiness

In May 1996 a successful woman, Heidemarie Schwermer, donated all her money to the poor, leaving only a suitcase with bare essentials for herself. She made a resolution to live during one year not using any money. At first Heidemarie was washing windows, walking dogs and cleaning houses for food and lodging. Now she is 70 and offers consultations and lectures on life without valuable property. At first she was planning to live one year without money, but her new life was so entertaining that she decided to never go back to what she had before.

This lady started her diving career at 60

When Eugene turned 60 she decided that to be on cloud nine, she only needed one thing — a career as a professional diver. She chose highboard diving and started to practice in anticipation of international competitions. Eugene’s family was outraged, but her granddaughter supported her decision and helped her correspond with business backers. It took Eugene only one season to get in shape, and her practices required different types of jumps. Then she flew to Austria for the European Championship... and she got first place!

Sheri started her own business

One day Sheri Schmelzer, a 40-year-old doting mother of three, asked her kids if they wanted to do a fun craft. They all thought that plugging holes of Crocs with something cute was a brilliant idea. Sheri’s husband Rich proposed an idea to create a website to sell those little designer charms. And that’s exactly how their company called Jibbitz was established in 2005. By August 2006, sales amounted to $2.2 million. After a year and a half, Schmelzer’s business grew at mind-blowing speed, and the Crocs company bought Jibbitz for $10 million.

Oksana became an emergency response worker

Oksana left her family business and dropped her career as a lawyer to become the only female emergency response worker on water at the Federal Rescue Service in Moscow. It all started from attending a stunt school, “Trick“, where Oksana went for sky-diving, shooting, horseback riding and motocross. Guys from FRS taught rock-climbing there, and they told Oksana about their work. She decided to volunteer at ”Spasreserv" and “Liza Alert” to help look for people lost in forests. Soon it became her life purpose.

Michael changed his body and his life

Michael Bettis, 32, from Detroit, Michigan, — who became homeless in 2003 after his parents kicked him out of the family home — was considering taking his own life as his unhealthy lifestyle spiralled out of control. That was when he finally decided to drastically overhaul his unhealthy habits. Mike immediately quit smoking and eating junk food and started lifting weights and eating fresh vegetables and lean meat. And he credits his strict exercise regime as a welcome cure for his depression.

Julia made traveling her business

Julia Savitskaya used to live a normal life. Crazy about fashion, she worked at Dior and had internships in Paris, living a life that many young women only dream about. But one day, the 27-year-old recalled one of her lifelong dreams, bought a backpack and flew to Nepal. Julia met Kiev-born Anton Gurkov in Kathmandu. Now they live and travel together. Julia and Anton launched a company called "Girls in Travel," which organizes all-girl travel parties.

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