Last month, when I went to a bookstore to buy a book, I gazed upon the shelf with all the books of Paulo Coelho and held a copy of “The Alchemist”. I noticed that it now has a different cover. I read the front page and found out it’s the book’s 25th anniversary edition. Then I thought of writing a blog post about how this book inspired me two years ago.
I got curious with “The Alchemist” when I read an inspiring article about it in a magazine. Had I not read that magazine article, I won’t read the book and I won’t be in this stage of my life right now. I read it during the time when I felt so lost, the time when I do not know what to do with my life. I had a job then but felt so confused of what career path to pursue.
Just like in the front cover of the book, it’s a fable about following your dream.
It was a story about the boy named Santiago who left the seminary to follow his dream of traveling to search for an earthly treasure. By following his dream, he was able to find everything that he was looking for. The people he met on his journey, his conversations with them, and the advice that was given to him.
My favorite scene in the story was when the boy was talking with the alchemist. The boy says, “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer.” The alchemist replied, “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
What I love the most about this book is its message to follow our dreams. If we follow our dreams, we can never go wrong.
The old king tells Santiago, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”
When the times comes that you will have to decide on something very important in your life and you do not know what to do, I advise you to read this book.