The Secrets of The Alchemist Hunter Elkins Per. 4

” Listen to your heart . It knows all things, because it came from the soul of the world , and it will one day return there.”(127)

In this quote, the Alchemist is telling Santiago that in order to achieve your personal goal you have to listen to yourself and don't get distracted by other advises. So, your soul will put you on the right track to your personal legend as long as you follow along. We all have had that gut feeling that makes us decide to do something that could prevent us from a certain outcome. I felt this feeling during time where I rode my bike home a different way from school. When me and my friend got home we found out some kid was hit riding his bike and got hit going the same way me and my friend normally go to get home. So, next time you have an eerie feeling about something go with your gut because your minds watching out for you.

"there is a universal language, understood by everyone, but already forgotten. I am in search of that universal language, among other things,..." (91)

Sometimes you just need to look around and observe nature. However, in this quote the Englishman is saying that to only way to obtain more knowledge is to read and study. He is trying to achieve his personal legend, but isn't able to enjoy life because he is to busy focusing on text. As a 16 year old in the 2017, this is a really big problem. Many people go to beautiful places but, don't get to enjoy the true beauty because they are to busy looking at theirs phones. We can still focus on our personal legends while we go around and see life in a better picture.

”You must always know what you what it is that you want”(56)

This is when Santiago is thinking of what the old king said to him, and how he has to keep his mind on track of his personal legend. This is the case for anyone pursuing a dream in life. You can´t distracting thoughts get to you they are just trying to stop you from your reaching your goal. It can be hard in the society today because there are many distracting things out there. I feel that this quote relates to the saying keep your eyes on the prize, so personally I need to quit focusing so much on video games and put more focus in to school because it will bring me closer to my goal.

”Because it’s the thought of Mecca that keeps me alive… I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.” (84)

Fear is a killer, it destroys the possibility of being successful. It consumes your head with negativity and you are unable to conquer your goal. In the quote crystal merchant is saying if he were to accomplish his personal legend, would not have and drive to do anything anymore. However you should conquer that fear and once you accomplish your goal you should keep setting more goals to make you happier person.

"Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own" (174)

Sometimes people just want to talk because their jealous of what your doing. They just want to try their best make sure that they bring you down. However you can't let others get in to your head because it will ruin you. All you have to do is take all the negativity and turn it in to positivity. When I was younger other kids got mad at me because I was a lot better than them at sports, but it just made me feel better.

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” (154)

Life can get pretty difficult at times but it only gets easier if you put in the work. In the quote they are saying that life come easier by the amount of dedication you put in. It's like the saying, "hard work pays off". Many think the rich are born in to wealth, however many successful people had to bust the bottoms to be where they are. So people who work the hardest get the most in return.

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