Justiniano Torres may be 88 years old, but he has no plans to stop working anytime soon.
Torres has been selling shaved ice for 70 years in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and has quite the reputation on the island.
Torres goes by "Don Justo" to his customers and is known as one of the best piragüeros in Puerto Rico. He's no stranger to his legendary status, either, and told Worldly, "Whoever doesn't know me, is not from Puerto Rico."
"Since I didn't go to school, I don't know how to read or write."
"The only job I could find, where I didn't have to read or write, just count, was piragüero," he explained.
Not only has he gotten older, but his customers have too. The children he used to sell piraguas to have remained loyal and continue to visit him as adults, now with their own kids.
He was just a teenager himself when he began to work this humble job. Now at nearly 90 years old, his son helps him haul his wooden cart from his house to his post in front of an elementary school.
His business used to do so well that he was able to comfortably support his seven children, but this is no longer the case.
He recalls how he used to sell his piraguas for just 20 cents, but now has them going for $1.25, causing fewer sales — a sign of the times and economy in Puerto Rico. According to Worldly, his income now barely covers his own expenses.
Even though his business has slowed down, his passion for his job remains at an all-time high.
When asked what he would do if he won the lottery, he said, "Sell piraguas." To put it simply: He's damn good at what he does and wouldn't trade it for the world.
"Next stop: Hollywood."
To say that his story is inspiring would be a severe understatement. He's proof that that if you love what you do — no matter what it is — you’ll always be happy.