Many of us have experienced having a dream that doesn’t come true.
Maybe we imagined a situation playing out a certain manner or assumed we’d be employed in a different field than what we are now.
Perhaps we had our hearts set on a certain romance that, for whatever reason, fell through.
A student from South Australia has learned firsthand that things don’t always go as planned or hoped for, which is a sad part of life.
He bravely took the risk to start his own cafe, but was devastated when not a single client came up.
Tom Oswald, an 18-year-old from South Australia, reportedly had aspirations of deviating from the more traditional courses right after high school.
Oswald decided to take a chance instead of continuing his study because he thought he was finished with it for the time being by starting a little cafe in the town of Handorf, which is southeast of Adelaide.
According to all accounts, the teenager invested a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and money into the project, creating a cute little business that he was eager to welcome customers to.Yet Tom was reportedly left devastated when he opened up shop… and didn’t see a single customer. He took to TikTok to share this heartbreaking experience in a video that’s since gone viral.
Tom, however, is said to have been distraught when he opened his store only to find no customers. In a since-viral video, he used TikTok to share this painful event.
More than two million people have watched Tom’s eye-watering confession, and Tom has gained a large following online who are eager to support him.
“This makes me so sad tell me where this is so I can come please,” one user commented.
“Me checking flights just to come and support this man’s cafe,” another added.
“We’ve got a group coming up to Hahndorf in a couple of weeks – we’ll come in for coffee!” a third said.
Watch Tom’s TikTok here, or below:
Tom explained how he had spent two years working at another cafe in order to gain the experience he would need to manage his own. He acknowledged that his skills at preparing coffee could be improved, but he said he’s always trying to get better.
“I am 18 years old, straight out of high school, currently in my gap year and this project is literally the only thing I’m ever working on,” the 18-year-old told News Corp.
“I’m either at the shop working or working from the outside, finding ways I can improve the business in any way I can.”