A young woman finally noticed Sobrinho and began to befriend the old man. She was Shalla Monteiro, and every day, she would have a conversation with him. One day, Sobrinho decided to give her one of his poems.
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Shalla was amazed by his work that she even made him a Facebook page so that his stories and poems could be read by others. His page has over 178,000 followers to date, but more and more people are still being exposed to his work.
Eventually, the support came flooding in. People would stop by in his “island” to tell him how amazing his writings are, and some would even buy him gifts. He ended up becoming a local celebrity thanks to his poems.
But the event that probably changed Sobrinho’s life was something that no one could’ve ever expected. After 35 years, Sobrinho finally got reunited with a family member. Since he has made quite a reputation for himself, Sobrinho’s long-lost brother found him. His brother got in touch with him through Facebook and asked him to come live with him.
Sobriho now has a family again and a proper home. He’s no longer the dirty old homeless man people shunned—he has turned into a respected poet. He’s working on having his poems published. Aside from that, he’s still very close friends with Shalla to this day.
It is true that as people, we will go through a lot of pain in our lives. We will experience failures, hardships, and in worse cases, we might even hit rock bottom with nothing. However, Sobrinho has proven that as long as you hold on to your dream, you’ll come out successful.