Don’t stop believing, hold on to that feeling.
Yes, it’s a line from a song.
Yes, it’s a cliche.
But these words just mean too much and are too powerful to even have the guts to ignore.
If he did stop believing, America’s legendary rock band Journey would have not discovered him.
The man we are talking about here is e none other than the band’s new lead singer, Arnel Pineda.
Only a few won’t be touched by the true life story of Arnel, who grew up in the slums of Manila, Philippines.
He used to pick up metals among the pile of garbages in the streets of Manila to be able to buy food for the day.
He also even used to sing for his friends in exchange of food.
His parents were tailors. When he turned 13 years old, his mother died.
This left the family even more bankrupt.
For many people on this planet, it would have been the end of the world for them.
But not for Arnel.
Apart from picking up metal scraps, he joined several singing contests in their neighborhood in hopes of bringing home the cash prize so his family could have something eat for that day.
His family was very supportive because his voice is certainly spectacular.
Thank goodness for the internet, particularly to You Tube, the remaining band members of the Journey discovered his video where he was singing the song Faithfully.
His voice struck the band members to get him as their new lead singer, years after their main man Steve Perry left the band for good.
Arnel’s story is certainly the modern day Cinderella story where other people could experience it too, if they only keep on believing in themselves.
Imagine if Arnel only focus on picking up metal scraps and let his talent in singing become shelved, would Journey be anywhere today?
And would Arnel’s family ever experience the more comfortable life they deserve?
All of these wonderful things happened because one simple man did not stop singing.
He did not stop dreaming.
It also seems that fate took over the You Tube ambiance at that time for Journey band members to be led to his amazing rendition of Faithfully in an uploaded video.
You can be Arnel too.
It is not everyday that big stars and big bands in Hollywood are turning to You Tube to find their next lead singer, but it is also not everyday that you get to live your life to the fullest.
You’ll never know what will come for you the next day, so make sure each day is well spent.
Also make it to a point that you put your best in every single task you do.
Arnel is doing great not just because of his voice, but also because of his stage presence.
He sure strives to become a better version of himself and to entertain the audience.
Who would have thought an Asian would be leading one of the world’s most popular American bands in history today?
Let Arnel’s story be a reminder of how dreams come true in the most unexpected and pleasant ways imagined.