This is my second time reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The first was as a high school sophomore in my Survey Lit. class. At the time, all I was worried about were my friends and cross country/track practice. Needless to say, I didn’t really get into this book as much as I should have.
“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time”. This is apparently the only thing about this book that unconsciously stuck with me the first time I read it. I say unconsciously because though I believed in it I could never figure out where exactly I got this idea from until I read this book again and it all made sense. This book talks about fate and one’s Personal Legend. I believe that everyone does have a purpose for being here and part of our journey is in finding that Personal Legend. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as finding a treasure but I think it definitely consists of finding what makes you feel happiness all throughout your body. As with anything, there will always be obstacles, but overcoming these feel worth it when you’re doing something that truly makes your heart full and happy. Everyone has the potential to find this thing, it’s the fear that can hold us back sometimes. I think it’s important to recognize when, where, or why that fear is kicking in so that we can first really feel it and then kick it aside in order to keep moving forward.
I love all that this book represents and hope to use some of its knowledge within my own personal life. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend giving it a read!