The Alchemist

by MARISSA AYALA

Staff Writer

 

When you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” -from The Alchemist.

 

This Alchemist has crossed the boundaries and has taken a life of its own, creating an inspiring movement all around the globe.

 

The story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, who travels from his homeland in Spain to discover the meaning of his dream, only to find that he must go to the Egyptian desert to find his treasure. Along the way, he meets three people who all direct him in the path he must go to continue on his “personal legend”. No one is sure if the treasure is real or if Santiago will be able to overcome the obstacles that he faces on his quest. What starts out as a journey to find priceless goods, turns into a discovery of the treasure within himself.

 

Santiago’s journey, the people he meets, the dreams he has, the omens he encounters, and the nature he speaks to are all things we can relate to – things we have either forgot about or merely dismissed as childhood fantasies. The Alchemist is all about following your “personal legend” and pursuing your dreams, regardless of any obstacles, and about being spiritually connected with the universe.

 

After reading this book, it has set me back on the right path towards achieving my dreams that I have set on hold or gave up on because I was told they were “absurd”. We always try to do what everyone expects of us, like pursuing a career we hate just because everyone else is doing it too. Recognizing my personal legend, being spiritually connected with the world and the people around me, understand why things happen, and, most importantly, not being afraid of challenges or even failure are just a few things this book has taught me.

 

It is maktub, “it is written”, that Paulo Coelho writes this book, shares it with the world, and affects so many lives that come in contact with it. This masterbook is a legend and a precious gem. It is definitely a book I recommend for anyone who is lost on their journey in life or would simply like to clear their mind of the bewildering stress of life.

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