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Why this 'British Forrest Gump' decided to run across 2 continents.

Jamie Ramsey just finished his 10,500-mile journey.

Why this 'British Forrest Gump' decided to run across 2 continents.

Meet Jamie Ramsey, the "British Forrest Gump."

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He's a guy who loves to run — so much so that he just jogged from Vancouver, Canada, to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The journey? More than 10,500 miles (or 17,000 kilometers) by Ramsey's estimate.

On Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, Ramsey ended his trek with a light run from London's Heathrow Airport (where he landed after his adventure) to Westminster, in the center of the English capital. Because, you know, what's another dozen miles after jogging across two continents?

He invited any supporters to join him on that last leg of the journey. And his fans didn't disappoint.

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His beard seemed to attract a friendly admirer or two.

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Ramsey's mom appeared over-the-moon to have him home...

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...and Ramsey? He looked thrilled to have his hands on some champagne.

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In order to make the journey work, Ramsey — who averaged about 26 miles a day during his trek — pushed a kit on wheels with all his belongings while he jogged. And get this: It weighed roughly 88 pounds (40 kilograms).

Whoa is right.

Why did Ramsey decide to do all this? Well, for starters, he simply missed the great outdoors.

Basically, Ramsey realized he wasn't getting any younger. And — after working that 9-5 life for quite some time — he got a bad case of wanderlust (who can blame him?).

Speaking to The Guardian back in April 2015 — about 8 months after starting his journey in Vancouver — he called the journey a "ridiculous adventure," but said that running gives him a "special insight" into other countries and the world around him:

"A lot of people ask why I am undertaking such a ridiculous adventure and the answer is pretty simple. I have worked in an office for 12 years. It felt to me like the window of opportunity to go and explore the world on foot was closing. I love running, always have, and will do it as long as my body allows me. Running through countries gives you a special insight, one that I think you lose in a car or on a bus."

Beyond his insatiable desire to jog, Ramsey wanted to raise funds for a few charities near and dear to his heart.

Because if you're going to get a bunch of attention for running, why not share the spotlight with a cause (or three)?

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One of the nonprofits Ramsey supported is CALM — a charity in the U.K. aimed at curbing suicide in men. Through his fundraising page, he raised more than $2,100 (1,462 British pounds) for the organization.

He also raised funds for WaterAid, which helps underserved regions access safe drinking water and sanitation, as well as a third charity called Macmillan Cancer Care, which benefits those in the U.K. who've been affected by cancer.

"It has certainly been an experience, but one I have absolutely loved," Ramsey said of his travels, according to The Telegraph. "A sincere thank you to all those who have helped me succeed both during the expedition and back at home."

If you're in one of those quarter-life or midlife slumps (believe me, I get it), maybe you should take a note from Ramsey.

We don't have to run 10,500 miles to treat our wanderlust, though — focusing on something other than ourselves and penciling in a (small) adventure could do the trick.

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Cats are notoriously weird. Everyone who's had cats knows that they each have their own unique quirks, idiosyncrasies, preferences, habits, and flat-out WTFness.

But even those of us who have experience with bizarre cat behavior are blown away by the antics this "cat dad" is able to get away with.

Kareem and Fifi are the cat parents of Chase, Skye, and Millie—literally the most chill kitties ever. They share their family life on TikTok as @dontstopmeowing, and their videos have been viewed millions of times. When you see them, you'll understand why.

Take Chase's spa days, for example. It may seem unreal at first, but watch what happens when Fifi tries to take away his cucumber slices.

When she puts them back on his eyes? WHAT?! What cat would let you put them on once, much less get mad when you take them off?

This cat. Chase is living his best life.

But apparently, it's not just Chase. Skye and Millie have also joined in "spaw day." How on earth does one couple end up with three hilariously malleable cats?

Oh, and if you think they must have been sedated or something, look at how wide awake they are during bath time. That's right, bath time. Most cats hate water, but apparently, these three couldn't care less. How?

They'll literally do anything. The Don't Stop Meowing channel is filled with videos like this. Cats wearing glasses. Cats wearing hats. Cats driving cars. It's unbelievable yet highly watchable entertainment.

If you're worried that Kareem gets all the love and Fifi constantly gets the shaft, that seems to be a bit for show. Look at Chase and Fifi's conversation about her leaving town for a business trip:

The whole channel is worth checking out. Ever seen a cat being carried in a baby carrier at the grocery store? A cat buckled into a car seat? Three cats sitting through storytime? It's all there. (Just a heads up: A few of the videos have explicit language, so parents might want to do a preview before watching with little ones.) You can follow the couple and their cats on all their social media channels, including Instagram and YouTube if TikTok isn't your thing, here.

If you weren't a cat person before, these videos might change your mind. Fair warning, however: Getting a cat because you want them to do things like this would be a mistake. Cats do what they want to do, and no one can predict what weird traits they will have. Even if you raise them from kittenhood, they're still unpredictable and weird.

And honestly, we wouldn't have them any other way.

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We're redefining what normal means in these uncertain times, and although this is different for all of us, love continues to transform us for the better.

Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

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However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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