I’m the first to admit I love a pretty thing as much as the next person who loves a pretty thing, but I also feel strongly that it needs to be put in its place. 99% of us will never own a gold Givenchy dress and that’s cool, you know? You don’t need a gold Givenchy dress to live a happy life. Photos like the ones you’ll see if you click through – 40 of the most powerful photographs ever taken – recalibrate the priorities and perspective and, if you’re like me, you’ll be giving the people you love a tighter hug. All of these things may not be fun, but they’re life and they’re human and they’re real.