Former OFW Goes Viral for Sharing Inspiring Story
A former OFW has shared an inspiring story of all he had been through, just to give his family a better life.
A Facebook user named Paolo Solomon has shared the inspiring story of his life and the hardships he faced just to give his family a brighter future. The post goes viral online and earns praise from the netizens.
Paolo narrated that he starts to work as a pandesal vendor at the age of 14 just to help his family and support his studies. He lost his father at the age of 17 and make a promise to take his family out of poverty.
Solomon stopped college because he could not afford to pay the school expenses and even worked at Jollibee and in a department store. Eventually, he was promoted to a regular employee.
At the age of 21, the latter decides to work in UAE and received appreciation from his workmate. He was also able to meet the CEO of his company and give the chance to work in Canada.
Unfortunately, the hardworking guy was bullied by his workmates and suffered from depression. He was clinically diagnosed with bipolar disorder and brought to a mental hospital.
Nine days after being detained at the mental facility, Solomon has been deported and continue his medication at home for two years.
Eventually, he applied as a virtual assistant at a work-from-home setup. It became the turning point of his life, which gives him the chance to give his family a better life.
Here is the full post:
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
Posting this not brag but to share God’s Grace in my life at sa family ko.
After ng second unit inspection, finally na turn over na yung house and officially home owner na din kami/ako.
Who would have thought it na ma achieve ko pala to kahit na sa Pinas lang ako, I thought before na pag nag abroad ako, doon ko lang ma experience yung greener pasture for me at sa family ko.
College undergraduate ako, I started working at the age of 14 para may pang allowance ako sa school, pandesal vendor ako sa bakery ng tita ko, habang nag aaral. Si Papa yung bahala sa tuition fee ko, ako sa bahala sa baon ko (early morning 5am naglalako na ako then mga 8am may pasok na ako sa school (depende sa time ng unit ko), actually di ko kinukwento sa mga classmate ko nung college na nagtitinda ako ng pandesal kasi nahihiya ako)
Age of 17 nawala si Papa, parang nag fall apart yung mundo ko and I promise to myself na I will do my best para mabigyan ng magandang buhay sila Mama. I aim na makapag work sa abroad para umahon sa hirap.
Nag stop ako sa studies ko nun sa college, 17 nag apply at nakapag work na sa Jollibee, after ng contract ko sa fast food, I nakapag work ako sa Department store, 18 years old by God’s Grace naging regular employee ako then nag try akong mag aral ulit nun, fulltime employee, part time student.
Past forward, daming nangyari haha. Pressure sa work, pressure sa studies, pressure sa sarili, pressure na abutin yung mga gusto ko sa buhay, bread winner ako sa family. Grabe anxiety ko nun.
Umabot ako sa point na, gigising ako na wishing sana di na lang ako nabuhay, grabe umabot ako sa ganitong point, I question God bakit ako nag exist? Bakit ako nag struggle ng ganito? But I keep it to myself.
People around me, see me as jolly and energetic, pero behind it I struggle so much.
20 years old dahil sa gusto kong makaahon sa kahirapan, nag apply na ako pa abroad and answered prayer ako, at the age of 21 nakapag abroad na ako, sa UAE.
Living my previous work, bit hard to me, daming discouragement, umabot pa sa point na nasabihan ako na hanggang dyaan kana lang dahil di ka graduate ng college. (yung wala ka nang mararating sa buhay)
I’m the youngest sa mga nakasama ko sa abroad nun.
I felt ito na yung pinaka height ng career ko, I love my work. Sobrang appreciated ng mga boss ko yung work ko at I feel nag excel ako sa ginagawa ko, nakikita ko soon ma promote na ako sa work ko… abot na abot ko na yung pangrap ko.
Sobrang pinagbutihan ko during our training, Among all my work mate, ako yung napili ng boss ko na ma meet at makapag serve sa CEO ng company, si Sheik and
I feel ito na after nito sa UAE, soon makakapag Canada na din ako…. until ..
Dito na pala yung big twist ng buhay ko and turn around next plan ni Lord sa akin.
I was bullied by work mates, (long story – share ko in video next time haha )
Di ko kinaya yung pressure, nagpatong patong lahat. (home sick, issues in life, verbal abuse ng mga roommate ko sa UAE)
Unknowingly, I suffered na pala from depression. I’m clinically diagnosed, bipolar disorder.
Imagine nung nalaman ng family ko yung nangyari sa akin, nasa abroad ako nun (until now di ko ma imagine na umabot ako ng ganun) Grabe yung struggle nila Mama nun.
Akala ko okay lang ako nun, di na ako na buhay sa reality, sinugod ako sa mental hospital sa UAE, stayed there for 9 days and na defort ako pauwi sa Philippines. Pag uwi ko sa Philippines nag medicate ako – more than two years nag take ako ng medicine para makatulog and to control my emotion (ang dami pang nangyari hahaha – pang Maalaala mo pa kaya yong buhay ko hahaha)
Alam mo yung pakiramdam na I feel lost of direction, I ask God why me? Magaling naman ako ahhh? Mabait ako, pangarap ko lang naman mapabuti yung family ko. Di ko na nga na enjoy yung typical life ng kabataan, nag sipag ako Lord, bakit?
Pero alam mo ba, I thank God
Kasi mas better pala plano nya, Grabe as in. Kung di ko to naranasan, di ko maaabot yung meron ako now (it’s all by God’s Grace)
God bless me with the opportunity na mag work from home as VA, slowly starting my Agency and copy writing Career.
I thank God na he blessed me to work as a freelancer. God use my VA work para maabot ko yung mga goals ko.
Pwede pala na ibless ka ni Lord sa di mo inaasahang way.
He make all things work together for our good.
Now I’m still pursuing my dreams na kasama ko family ko.
God continually changing me, heavenward goals tayo.
I’m able to minister my family now, at mas nakakatulong ako sa kanila and some opportunities sa paligid ko (Glory to God).
Serving Him, and Glorifying Jesus sa life ko.
More than anything, God is good.
I know God is not yet finish in me at sa inyo din, tiwala lang tayo sa kanya, muhkang malabo ngayon pero we can trust Him (Jesus)
Napahaba na hahaha, God bless everyone.
Jesus love’s you.
All Glory belongs to Him.”
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