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The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, is the story of a sheperd boy named Santiago who journeys to the Egyptian pyramids to find a treasure. On the way to realizing his "Personal Legend", Santiago meets different characters and stumbles through obstacles that test him and his dedication.
I decided to read this book after hearing so many recommendations and I have to say that I was more motivated by the amazing cover when I bought it than the message behind it. I knoooow, but it was the 25th Anniversary edition with the bright orange and yellow cover! The story is super easy to read and to the point, including conversations between characters, with no overly descriptive passages or flowery language.
The Alchemist Life Lessons:
* Value the journey as much as the end goal
*Never starting on your journey is worse than failing
*Trust your instincts
*Value the people who believe in you as much as they believe in themselves
*You won't get anywhere if you don't start something
Once I got over the simple language and some philosophical conversations, I began to understand the message, or rather, messages of the book. Especially, the Go-And-Do-The-Thing-What-Are-You-Waiting-For part.
Personally, my favorite character is the old woman who read Santiago's palm in Tarifa, probably because she's the most hilarious and blunt character - "But if he speaks in the language of the soul, it is only you who can understand. But, whichever it is, I'm going to charge you for the consultation."
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. "
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a little encouragement just to begin and to make some changes for the better, to find their own Personal Legend. It doesn't matter what kind of life changes a person would want to make, whether it's to finish college or climb Mt. Everest or quit a day job to run their own business. The message is that you may not reach your goal magically, in an instant, but that the journey along to reaching your goal, the things you learn along the way and trusting your instincts are just as important.
For me, personally, I needed to read this book at this time of my life. I'm making a plan, just like Santiago did, and so far, have found my own Crystal Merchant. So, go out there, read this book and do what makes you feel alive.