This year, we’re honoring the most beautiful images of the year by celebrating some of the most inspirational, inspiring, and inspirational images of 2017, from birthdays and Valentine’s Day to life-changing images of cancer patients. The Washington Times

The following list of inspirational images is part of a series curated by The Washington City Paper.

Enjoy!

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A young girl who learned how to swim by putting her feet in the ocean.

She swam in a wave for the first time in her life.

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A baby who learned to walk by sitting on the shoulders of a baby sitter.

3.

A mother who learned her son was born with cerebral palsy by playing with him.

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A family of six who learned that their daughter’s husband was abusive.

5.

A father who learned his daughter had been sexually abused by a woman.

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A man who learned a mother of his own was pregnant with a child with Down syndrome.

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A woman who learned she had breast cancer by seeing a doctor.

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A grandmother who learned the world was ending by watching a video.

9.

A doctor who learned he was being treated for Parkinson’s Disease.

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A school principal who learned when her children were sick that she was having a miscarriage.

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A nurse who learned about the dangers of smoking at a school cafeteria.

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A homeless man who went into hiding because he feared for his life.

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A pregnant woman who became pregnant in a hospital after giving birth.

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A teacher who learned by watching her students learn.

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A firefighter who learned not to use his inhaler after working in the emergency room.

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A soldier who learned being an infantryman gave him a new perspective on life.

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A farmer who learned from his son’s grandfather that he had been beaten up by a dog.

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A mom who learned of her son’s impending death by watching him walk down the street.

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A retired firefighter who had a heart attack by taking his first step.

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A teenager who learned something important about himself when she watched a film on how to live a happy, fulfilled life.

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A group of five women who learned they were going to meet on their honeymoon when they had a big party.

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A toddler who learned some of his classmates were going through a divorce.

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A little girl who found her brother’s old clothes in a trash can.

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A guy who learned one of his students was a woman and she wanted to be his wife.

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A girl who started a new life in her own home by using her mother’s recipe book to make herself a vegan.

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A couple of brothers who learned there was nothing they could do about their father’s cancer diagnosis.

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A small boy who learned, after watching a movie, that it wasn’t his fault that he was born in a house with no plumbing.

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A two-year-old who learned it was important to eat nutritious food when he was hungry.

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A student who learned learning to swim had nothing to do with her weight.

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A senior citizen who learned people’s expectations for him were different than they were for his siblings.

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A teen who started taking her medicine after a friend told her to. 32.

A three-year old who learned at a playground he could stop smoking after his parents died.

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A friend who started playing the violin because of a book about it. 34.

A four-year college student who started learning the value of a lifetime learning by playing it for his friends.

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A dad who was paralyzed by a virus when he discovered he was pregnant.

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A grandfather who learned an uncle had died of cancer when he looked at a newspaper article about the death.

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A police officer who was attacked by a man he suspected of stealing a truck he was driving.

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A boy who got sick by getting hit by a car.

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A kindergarten teacher who was afraid to walk into her own classroom because she had been attacked.

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A middle school student who found out her best friend’s dad was in prison for the murder of a homeless man.

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A former Marine who was the last of his family to graduate from college.

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A child who was adopted after he was beaten by his father.

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A new mother who found that her son would never go to school with her because she was too young.

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A parent who got the news she had lost her job when a doctor recommended a knee replacement.

45.

A veteran who found a way to give back to his community.

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A college student, now a senior, who started reading about how her father had died in a plane crash.

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A football player who discovered a way he could play football for another team.

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A cancer survivor who got a diagnosis and was given a chance to live. 49. A