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He re-learned to dance after 17 years, but his daughter learned the real lesson.

If you have a chance to do what you love ... do it. No matter what it looks like to others.

He had always loved dancing.

After he broke his neck in a car wreck, Paul Martin lived his life fully with those he loved ... except for doing one thing he loved: He no longer danced.

He knew he could dance again, but he didn't want others to see him. He thought he'd look silly.


As his daughter, Brittany Déjean, said, "Dancing was one of the first things on his mind after his injury — he loved it, but it was too painful to think of doing it in a wheelchair. Unfortunately for me, that meant dancing with my dad became nothing but a memory."

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But Brittany was getting married, and she wanted her dad to do the father-daughter dance like she always imagined.

So she set out to find info, resources, and help. She rallied a proverbial village around her dad. She found a dance instructor for them, and her dad agreed to try. With the resources and help ... guess what?

After almost 17 years, Paul finally danced again.

And he didn't stop there.

After completing the first choreographed dance with his daughter, he got back on the floor when he heard his favorite song.

"That one dance broke through all the walls he had built up," Brittany said. "He was transformed — he danced all night, he danced at another wedding two weeks later, and he has even taken dance lessons with my stepmom since."

Paul found the strength to fight for his passion. But his daughter, Brittany, may have learned an even bigger lesson.

It's hard for everyone to ask for help, or to even know where to look for it. But it's especially hard for folks living with disabilities. The kind of help that these folks need is just a little different, whether they're trying to learn a new skill, get a new job, nurture a relationship, or start dancing again.

In helping her father get ready for her wedding, Brittany saw firsthand just how challenging this could be.

So, inspired by her father's journey, she started AbleThrive, an online community that helps folks with disabilities get the help they need to reach their goals.

Though her own wedding day has come and gone, Brittany now dedicates her to life to giving people like her father one more place to turn for help.

Because no one can do it all alone.

Kudos to Brittany for empowering more folks to live fully.

Now watch Paul and Brittany's amazing father-daughter dance!

Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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