Every person we pass on the street has their own story. Whether they appear wealthy, poor, friendly, or disgruntled, behind every face is a special journey that only one individual has experienced. And, sometimes, the story of their life is astounding.

On the corner of a street in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo sat a poet—though, until recently, not a soul knew it. He had been homeless for years, but beneath his tattered clothes, untamed hair, and bent back, his powerful story has remained untold. That is, until now.

Though most people never thought much about him as they carried on with their days, Shalla Montiero took interest in him, and it wasn’t long before she realized that she’d found something—and someone—really special.

No matter where you are, everyone around you has a unique story that they can call their own. Whether it be full of triumphs or tragedies, no one else shares the exact same life experiences, and that’s a truly wonderful thing.

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