“People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want. We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possession and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and history of the world were written by the same hand.” – Camel Driver on the Alchemist
Genre: Quest, Adventure, Drama and Fantasy
Author: Paulo Coelho
The book perhaps has a very simple plot but what makes it extraordinary from the other books and creates 67 million copies worldwide is that it speaks for each and everyone’s story – of following their dreams and chasing their destiny. (Read the Summary)
Through the story of Santiago in his quest for the treasure, it tells the readers that there’s no such thing as impeccable journey. Fulfilling your dreams will not go smooth, but what makes it valuable is the learning that you’ve gotten from it. Like what Greg Anderson said, “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Don’t let the challenges cause you to stop on your dreams.
Even Santiago experienced terrible and worst situations. He got robbed, betrayed, became hopeless and would about to give up with his dreams. Yet, above all else, he managed to look for ways. He focused on the solution not on the problems. And at the end, he still chose to follow his dreams
Don’t be contented when you still don’t get your dreams. Don’t settle for less, and always go for your best. Don’t settle on your comfort zone. Don’t stop when you’re already comfortable. Take risk; conquer your fear, because your dream is worth it.
Santiago can choose to stay on the desert and give up his dreams. He can choose to marry the girl on the desert; he can choose to stay in the desert since he gain the Pharaoh’s trust and accumulate tons of gold. But he didn’t stop even he’s already satisfied and comfortable on his life. He knew he still had the mission to fulfill.
I believe this book became one of the best selling books of all times because we (readers) all have our own destiny to chase. Everyone has fears to conquer. All the characters in the book portray different kinds of individuals chasing their dreams and I think every reader relates on it. We all shared different ifs and doubt. Even some people choose to give up their dreams and stay on their comfort zone.
But at the end of the day, your enemy is yourself. What will stop you is yourself because you’re the only one who will decide for your life. It’s up to you if you’ll stay on your comfort zone, or follow your dreams and take a risk.
Would you choose to be like Santiago? Or would your just give up your dreams? The decision is all yours.
“Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heaven and that tribesmen fight because they’re part of the human race. Life will be a party to you, a great festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.” – Camel Driver on The Alchemist
(P.S. Thank you Ute for the book! Love you so much 🙂 )