"Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we've moved toward that dream. That's the point at which most people give up. It's the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one 'dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon,".
You guys, I've read an extraordinary book! This story spoke to me more than any book I have read in my life. The young boy started on a journey to find his personal legend. Throughout his journey he would meet people that would guide him on his way but it was ultimately up to the boy to find his passion, discover love and follow his heart.
It was upon meeting the Alchemist that the boy began to believe in what his heart was saying. The Alchemist made it clear that he was there to teach him what he could but to bring out what was already inside of him. The young boy discovered his emotions, the power of being loved and the need to find his personal legend no matter the obstacles.
This book makes you take a step back to look at your own life. Do you know how many times I have given up on my dreams because they seem so far away and the obstacles kept coming? In the end it is my decision whether to get back up again but whatever decision I made, I had to live with it. In the story the boy understood this, "when someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision." The idea of stepping out of your box is scary because you don't know what the future holds but the wonders that can come out of living your dreams is extraordinary.
The treasures that we possess may not be believed by everyone. However, it only matters if you believe in yourself. No one can take away your dreams if you don't allow it. With determination and hard work you can make it happen.
The biggest point in The Alchemist that hit home for me was the idea of fear. "We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it's our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand." God created life. He created our story. Our stories are unique to who we are as individuals. The fear that exists can either break us or build determination and understanding that our circumstances do not have to paralyze us. It's the fight that gives us the ability to live and dream.
If you haven't read this book, I suggest you do so and be prepared to question why you haven't gotten up and found your personal legend. I'm on a journey to find mine and someday I hope you find yours.