"In all things it is better to hope than to despair” –by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The guy wanted the girl, though he know he lack on some qualities but there are other qualities to boost.
You’ve felt this all your life if you went to school. You have to perform well even at the pressure your friends are giving you or the embarrassment you could encounter.
What more to a person who lived in the streets. He have to better himself at any rate to be able to be in the society again. Hope is everywhere, but you have to perform action for you not to be a dreamer.