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19 amazing how-they-met stories that will renew your faith in love.

Where's the best place to find a life partner? Turns out, there are no rules.

In the age of online dating, stories of how couples meet can be as varied as Instagram filters.

Brooklyn Sherman, 27, was always fascinated by this, which is why she created The Way We Met, an Instagram account that documents the surprising stories of how people fall in love. Since her first post in June 2015, the account has blown up (it now has more than 280,000 followers and 266 posts).

“I love a good fairytale type of story, but I think it's important to talk about struggles, too, because it offers others hope,” Sherman told Upworthy.


Couples featured on The Way We Met range from folks who’ve been married for more than 50 years to some who met on dating apps last year.

“Love is possible more than once in a lifetime, and the countless submissions I've received prove that. You're never too old, it's never too late, and there's always hope,” Sherman said.

On that note, here are 19 stories of love from The Way We Met that will remind you that love can look like a million things in a million places.

1. The independent, career-driven woman.

Screenshot via The Way We Met. All screenshots used with permission.

2. The guy who wasn't on her "list".

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

3. The parking lot encounter.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

4. Love at first blush.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

5. Love me Tinder.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

6. The golden couple.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

7. Movers and shakers.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

8. Becoming (more than) Facebook friends.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

9. Through good times and bad.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

10. Love & basketball.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

11. Love in the checkout lane.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

12. How to be Elle Woods in real life.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

13. An intercontinental love affair.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

14. The chemistry of an inside joke.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

15. Roommates turned life partners.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

16. A blind date for the ages.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

17. High school sweethearts.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

18. A cross-cultural affair.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

19. The leap of faith.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

Basically (and thank goodness!), there's no right or wrong way to find love.

“I try and share stories of love happening at every stage of someone's life, whether that means after a divorce, after someone's had their heart badly broken, or after the tragic loss of a loved one,” Sherman said. “I want my followers to see examples of how people have been able to move forward after these life-altering events.”

In the digital era, this Instagram account is a nice reminder that love can find all of us wherever we are.

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

via UNSW

This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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