I’m always searching for something new to inspire me to become a better version of myself. A few months ago I was in search of a great book that would move me and bring some inspiration to my life. I remembered reading a quote on a friend’s facebook status that related to what i was going through at that time in my life. The quote touched me so much that I immediately googled the author and researched him. I felt as if the quote was speaking directly to me. That’s how I was introduced to Paulo Coelho and his amazing book “The Alchemist.”
I purchased the book and anxiously waited for it. Once it came in the mail, I could not put it down. It was different from the books that I’ve read in the past. It’s not a book that I normally would pick up in a bookstore just by looking at the title. I was excited by the lessons, messages and quotes as I read, which by the way i LOVE quotes, that I had to highlight them so I could read them again once I was done with the book.
When i finished reading the book, i felt so filled and excited to live life. I always say that I am forever a dreamer, but reading this book made me realize that the dreamer in me had been silenced for so long, and this book woke that part of me up again. I wanted to desperately be a dreamer again just like Paulo Coelho’s character in the book was. I wanted to go on a journey a to fulfill my personal legend. A personal legend is what you were put on earth to do. According to Coelho, not everyone fulfills their personal legend. Only when you have the courage to go in search of your dreams do you fulfill your personal legend.
I relate so much to the character and his struggle between following your dreams or living a safe life. The book talks about omens, which are signs from the universe that guide your path to you personal legend. I started seeing many omens after I opened up to the idea of following my dreams. Just like a quote from the book, “and when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." I started believing this.
I went on a search to find a book that would inspire me, but what I found was so much more. I found a book that was life altering and changed my way of thinking. I highly recommend this book to anyone of any age. It may not have the same impact it had on me, but I’m sure that it will inspire you in some way.
Below is my favorite quote from the book, and the second quote is the one that introduced me to “The Alchemist,” which by the way is in the introduction of the book. Ironic.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. and that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."
"We know what we want to do, but are afraid of hurting those around us by abandoning everything in order to pursue our dream. We do not realize that love is just a further impetus, not something that will prevent us going forward. We do not realize that those who genuinely wish us well want us to be happy and are prepared to accompany us on that journey."