The Alchemist By Jade alaniz

“We make a lot of detours but were always heading for the same destination” (124)
Through life we may all take different paths but end up on the same road. To me I relate this back to Jesus or the Bible. In this picture the palm trees and the jetty make a cross. In almost every picture you will find there is a cross, meaning God is with you every second of the day. God is there to guide us and keep us on the right path, and we may veer off a little but He will be there to put us back on the right path.
"You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.” (129)
You will never be able escape your heart because under every layer your heart knows whats right. Even though the actions you make might not come from your heart, you still know if you're doing right or wrong by your heart so listen to what it tells you because it will lead you to where you want to go.
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” (110)
Wherever your heart is you will find your your destiny. When I play in a game I play with all my heart. It sometimes leads me to pursue but other times it leads me to fail. But I learn from my mistakes. In games I get caught if I should pass the ball or keep continuing with it and shoot the goal, but I always go with what my heart tells me.
“People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.” (85)
Sports are a huge apart of my life. From soccer, to swim, to softball. From dirt bike riding, to snowboarding, to wake boarding. You name it I've tried it. At this point of my life field hockey is everything to me. I play on Marina's team and I play on a club team outside of school. I want to continue playing but I am afraid that I'm not good enough or other girls are way better than me. I'm afraid that I won't ever be able to make a college team because I will never be good enough. Ever since I started playing this sport I dreamed of playing in college the first day I stepped on that field but I'm afraid to face my challenges of pursing my dream.
“ Don’t let them see that you’re afraid,” the alchemist says. "They are brave men, and they despise cowards.” (140)
Those seconds right before the game is about and my nerves sky rocket. Before every game my stomach is in my throat, I am beyond nervous but I know I shouldn't be because I've played so many games. My dad always tells me if you aren't nervous somethings wrong. On the outside I'm a whole different person because I know I can't show my nerves or I won't play 100% from the start. Like coach always says, " Don't show your fear or the other team will take you down from the start."
"We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it's our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand." (79)
This isn't just a picture to me this is my role model and my best friend, this is my grandma Sharon. My grandma was and still is by my side at all times. She's the lady the makes me the happiest and I do the same to her. My grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimers at the age of 59. It has been one long journey through many ups and downs. I'm terrified of losing her and I have no clue what I will do on the day it comes. She is now 65 and is as healthy as a horse and I wish I could say the same about her brain but it is the total opposite of healthy. My grandma is still the person I saw her as before she was diagnosed. She is as happy as could be. She remembers my face but doesn't know who I am to her. Ever time I go visit her she is the happiest person alive, which puts the biggest smile on my face. I am afraid for the day that she will not remember who I am at all. But I refuse to put that in my head and I spend every second that I can with her with smiles on my face.

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