-ALCHEMY, AND ITS LESSONS- Ryan Harris

¨Everybody has their own way of learning things¨ (84)

The quote, "everybody has their own way of learning things" shows that people may find something hard, until it is taught to them in a different way. For example, in my life, I have been surfing every single morning for almost three years now. I have learned a tremendous amount by just practicing. it helps me a ton when i watch videos of myself to see what i can improve on. This is another way that helped me learn to surf. Next, I have been learning to play guitar lately. It has been helping me a lot to watch videos of other people to give me inspiration, and teach me things i may not have known. Sometimes, when you are struggling to learn something, other ways could make more sense to you, and come easier.

¨There is only one way to learn, its through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.¨ (121)

Learning something can be hard, and time consuming. On his journey, Santiago learns a lot from experience. For example, when Santiago is on his way to the Oasis, he meets the Englishman who is able to teach him many lessons. This is just part of the journey. Again, in my life, I have been on a three year journey of surfing. Every day I learn a new technique out in the water, and I can apply it to new things, Santiago does the same while he gets lessons about alchemy from the Englishman, and is able to apply that knowledge when he meets the Alchemist.

"Because wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure." (146)

This quote is explaining how, wherever your heart is, that is where your treasure is waiting. To go deeper, in your heart, the soul of the world is there and it knows what you will do, and what choices you will make. The soul of the world knows everything about everyone. The "treasure" in your heart refers to the soul of the world. In my life, God is the treasure in my heart because I know that he is there and will help me through anything I need. Santiago refers to the Soul of the world when he is with the Alchemist.

"We don't want people to suffer because they don't follow their hearts" (131

The quote "we don't want people to suffer because they don't follow their hearts" is referring to how people sometimes miss out on opportunities they might have if they followed their hearts. Sometimes in life, i have to make tough decisions. When i am stuck and don't know which way to go i can listen to my heart, and it will guide me in the right direction. Santiago does this as well when he is faced with going with his heart and saying that the tribesmen are going to attack the oasis. If he is wrong he will be killed. ALthough the harsh consequence if he is wrong, he decides to go with his heart. That night, the oasis was attacked and santiago was rewarded. Sometimes in life, you need to trust your heart.

"If what one finds is made of pure matter, It will never spoil and one can always come back." (123)

This quote is explaining how true love is unbreakable, and will last forever. SAntiago meets fatima and immediately falls in love. Both of them know that santiago has to leave in order to pursue his personal legend. He is going to finish his legend and then come back. If what they have is true love, when he gets back fatima will be waiting for him. In my life, i have true friendships. My friend and i were best friends all through elementary school, and then we stopped hanging out through middle school. A few years later, in highschool, they called me and now we are hanging out together like there was never a break. This is a true friendship, just like how santiago and fatima have true love.

"When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it" (62)

Sometimes, you might want something really bad. In santiagos case, he really wanted to find his treasure. Also he really loved fatima, but could not have her at that time. The quote "when you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it" shows that the soul of the world will make everything work out just fine. It knows what is going to happen for everything, and has the abilities to choose the outcome. In my life, i really wanted a dirt bike at one point of time. For almost a year i was trying to save up, and thinking of getting the bike. A while later, i barely had any money. It definitely was not enough to buy the bike i had been looking at. Then, On my birthday my parents surprised me with the exact one i wanted. I feel like i had a voice inside me telling me to be patient. This could have been like the soul of the world.

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Created with images by xisdom - "caravan desert safari" • FuN_Lucky - "namibia desert sand" • Foundry - "beach shoreline coast" • jarekgrafik - "egypt ancient archeology" • Wokandapix - "classroom school desks" • diego_torres - "heart rhinestones sand" • kheinz - "sunset sea landscape" • getspotted - "sunrise sky uluru" • Mhy - "full moon moon night" • grayeme - "House on the Hill" • Josch13 - "red rose rose rose bloom" • Muffet - "Greed" • Gamma Man - "Curly"

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