Flight By: Justin Duong

“‘There is only one way to learn,’” the alchemist answered. “‘It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.’” (125)

Everything is learned best through experience, because you can learn from your mistakes and fix them later on and keep adapting to each situation. Even if you do fail you can learn from that mistake and carry on. Through passion to whatever dream you choose you have to have the strength and the will to push through challenges and try again and again until you master it. You adapt and change through your errors and find ways to improve yourself. Improving yourself makes you more efficient and has a certain type of feeling where you feel like you're getting closer to your goal or you're willing to work hard and suffer if you do fail.

“To show you one of life's simple lessons,” the alchemist answered. “When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.” (134)

People won't ever believe your raw talent or ability to do certain things. They will doubt your skill and it's fun because you know what you're truly capable of. You can prove them wrong, embrace your talent and people would wonder and see how brave or how powerful you really are. This relates to me because I like doing dangerous things and lots of people doubt me and don't really believe that I can do things out of my reach, but I just ignore them and carry on. Only you can only learn through trial and error, reading about it in the book or studying the concept won't help you as much than experience. Only you know what you're truly capable of and you know your limits, others won't know them but instead of showing your weaknesses, show your strengths.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure” (141)

There is no failure, the only thing that make you fail is giving up. To prevent failure you must try and try again and learn through mistakes. Don't let your negativity get the best of you. Only you know what you're truly capable of and you know your limits failure can't get to you unless your strength gives out.

“We make a lot of detours, but we’re always headed for the same destination” (77)

When you're following your dreams you're bound to run into obstacles and find different ways out of them, taking a different path doesn't necessarily mean you're heading in the wrong direction, you are still on the same road you were just in a slight change of course. This usually happens when I make a decision, multiple choices but some lead to more obstacles and some to simpler paths. Our choices tend to lead us towards our dream and sometimes even alter the idea of your dream and make it better. These detours may alter your decisions along your destination but you'll still be heading towards it instead of away from it.

“It’s not enters men’s mouths that’s evil,” said the alchemist. “It’s not comes out of their mouths that is.” (115)

Don't even let the words of others get to you. You must keep moving on with the fire and passion towards your dream. Don't let your fears of doubt and failure get to you. You can push through the negativity people throw at you, they will doubt and think low of you, saying that your dream is "impossible" or "too stupid to attempt" but you can get past them and later on show them what wonders you can behold.

“I am an alchemist simply because I am an alchemist” (126)

This quote leaves a vague answer and response but I think it is best described, “Actions speak louder than words” can be applied to defining who we are, meaning we are what we do. I am a pilot, simply because I wanna fly, travel the world, and serve my nation. I wanted to be a Blue Angel since I was a little kid and I wanted to be able to fly in difficult formations and fly faster than the speed of sound because, words can never describe that feeling of adrenaline of Mach 1. I can serve my nation doing reconnaissance and protect from aerial invasions.
Created By
Justin Duong [Student MHS]


Created with images by skeeze - "parachute skydiving parachuting" • morgandobbins - "Detour." • skeeze - "blue angels aircraft flight"

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