Dreams are meant to be followed. Life is meant to be lived. And some books are meant to be read, loved and passed on. ‘The Alchemist’ is one of them. The Alchemist is written by one of the most loved authors in the world Paulo Coelho who is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards.
The Alchemist is the story of a shepherd boy from the Spanish province of Andalusia who dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as desirable as any ever found. From his home, he journeys to the exotic markets of North Africa and then to the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him. It is an unforgettable story about the essential wisdom of listening to our heart and above all following our dreams. This story had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people. This book has been translated into 61 languages and has sold 30 million copies worldwide.
Do we all have the courage to confront our dream? If no, then what are the obstacles? The Alchemist provides answers to all the questions. Santiago, a shepherd boy is the main character here. Santiago is the boy who showed the courage to follow his heart and thereby made his dream come true. This book says that “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Everyone must try to realize their destiny. Santiago was in search of his treasure. it was his destiny. on the way towards his destiny, he experienced both the good and bad sides, still, he continued. Alchemist is an eye-opener that portrays the real idea of life. The universe always communicates to us in a particular way, we must try to understand the language of the world. We must see the world in terms of what it does rather than what we wish. During our journey towards our destiny. We may not have a cent in our pocket but what we must keep is our faith. That faith made Santiago work as a shepherd and a crystal shop worker. whatever we do, we must do it with love, purpose and enthusiasm. Universe speaks to us and that language is our intuition. Everything is written and is connected somewhere.
People are afraid of the unknown and that fear is unnecessary. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival only if we cherish the moment. Because life is the moment we’re living right now. The only thing that keeps the world alive is ‘love’. It is the only thing that can keep people moving. Love is older than humanity. without love, one’s dreams would have no meaning. Love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny. Love that speaks the Language of the world. Santiago found his love in Fatima. Fatima found her destiny in Santiago. There is no reason for loving. When we are in love, we strive to become better than we are.
The book says various aspects of life and connects past, present and future. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. and if you improve on it what comes later will also be better. Listen to your heart. It knows all the things because wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure, your destiny. People are afraid to pursue their dreams because they feel that they don’t deserve them. or they will be unable to achieve them. Reality is the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve is the fear of failure.
Alchemist is a beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorsteps. Santiago learns a lot of things from his journey. While reading, the reader also enjoys the journey. He teaches us that life means constant change. Everything on earth is being continuously transformed because the Earth is alive. And it has a soul. This book is all about chasing your dreams no matter what and achieve heights by overcoming all the obstacles.