3 Reasons to Read The Alchemist

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Do you remember the first time you got to read a word, a sentence, and a whole paragraph? Do you remember how willing you were to understand all the words written on the cover pages of the magazines that your parents read? Do you recall the time when your hunger for reading and knowledge felt bigger than anything else in the world? The initial moment we step into the world of books, it is as if we are welcomed by an entirely different universe that we’ve always been familiar with. In such extensivity, we gain the ability to travel in time. Can you imagine anything more liberating than reading?

A few years ago my journey of reading was crowned with the touch of a book which I, later, was to read regularly every now and then. Back then, I was younger. I was an amateur misdirected by unfounded and crooked doctrines of others’.  I wanted to make myself believe that there was something more, something that could shake my whole world from head to toe. What I needed was a core shaker! Many bothersome thoughts later, there it was. The Alchemist. I knew the book but somehow I never really wanted to make the effort to buy and read it. I am not sure if something stopped me from buying it. It was more like a ” Hi dear book, I am sorry I am not ready for you, just not yet.” issue for me. I finished the book in three days. I happened to witness how much one could change in three days. I am not going to tell all the details here. My journey with The Alchemist has been my personal freedom and by writing these very words I just want to show you that you can free yourself too.

1- Dream: Even those who claim they don’t have any dreams about their lives have a dream. So don’t mind them denying. Dreaming is a serious matter which takes the courage to admit the possibility of failure.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Do you realize the strength of these words? This is simply an invitation to dream, to wish for the “impossible”, to set a goal.

2- Follow: Most people spend their lifetimes imagining what it would be like to fulfill their dreams. It would be poetic and glorious. Sadly, the possibility of getting hurt along the road is what holds them back and they get stuck in the everlastingness of worries and timidity. In this sense, The Alchemist simply encourages us to lead our way to our own “Personal Legend”, stating that suffering is just an instructive phase.

“why don’t people’s hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams?” the boy asked the alchemist. “Because that’s what makes the heart suffer most, and hearts don’t like to suffer.”

3- Faith: Wishing things, dreaming big, imagining reaching your goals… they do feed us until we are criticized by others. The first sign of criticism is the first time we want to quit. When our non-steel armor takes the bullet what happens next? We question our dreams, we doubt our choices. We drop them in quiet. One question follows the other. “Is there anything wrong with me?” , “I think I am doing a mistake”….and the next you know you’ll choose others’ decisions over your “Personal Legend” in order to satisfy and confirm their worthful opinions of us. Having faith in dreams is a big challenge to overcome.

“When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

 

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