Photographer Shows Us How the Worst Life Experiences Can Lead to the Best

It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day problems that creep up on us and bring us down. That’s why we love inspiring stories about life that remind us of the big picture and put things into perspective, like the one in the video above by photographer Cory Richards.

Richards shares his story of starting off as a homeless 14-year-old high school drop-out who was able to use the pain and discomfort he felt in life to shape the unique way in which he views the world. He explains how the unpleasant moments are the ones responsible for inspiring him to go further than he ever imagined. From using a camera lens to make sense of what was going on around him, to having a near-death experience catapult him to a place where he can now share his vision of “what it means to be human,” he attributes it all to the uncomfortable times.

The big “aha” moment that really puts everything into perspective and serves as the major takeaway comes at the end of the video when Richards so eloquently explains “Despite the fact that we are facing massive problems as a human family, we’re still experiencing each other and loving and having a ton of fun. I mean life is fun.”

That it is. And it’s something we should all strive to remember.

Check out the video, along with some of Richards’ awe-inspiring photography, above.