The Elixir of Life By cady Schoumaker

“I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.”

All my life I've questioned what I truly want to do in life. Throughout it I've switched what i want to do from a pop star, to astronaut, dancer, and whatever else my adolescent brain has thought of. But, i've never just wanted to end up in a boring office job, miserable or teaching children that don't appreciate my presence. I've always just wanted more than that and make a big impact on the world on the world and to be remembered. That's where I've always struggled and this quote really connects to me. If I realize my dream and its barely achievable then what do I do then? The crystal merchant relates to me in this sintuation because he knows his dream is to travel to Mecca but he's scared he's too old and doesn't have the time or money to pursue it. He's also scared of having no purpose when he achieves it.

”Because, wherever you heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.”

My treasure is truly my friends. They're always there for me and listening to me when something's holding me down. Like my friend Bailey who's willing to listen to listen to my irrelevant problems when it's zero period and I'm complaining about some minor insignificance in my life. My friends are willing to be stupid and go on adventures with me. We're always finding new things to do and even more idiotic things to say by the minute. Like making tater tots and dancing to our music at 2 in the morning. They just make up my heart. Although, Santiagos ultimate goal is to go to the pyramids and find the treasure his true treasure is while on his journey. His true treasure is the experiences and knowledge he gains from it. It's the love he learns from meeting Fatima and finding his heart and strength through her. It's listening to omens and having patience he learns from working in the crystal shop. Learning to be cautious of backstabbing people he learns from the theif. The king teaching him to follow his personal legend and giving wise advice. Santiago gains more from his journey than his outcome.

"Because I don't live in either my past or my future. I'm interested in only the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you'll be a happy man...because life is the moment we're living right now."

For a long time in life, I felt stuck, stuck in either the past or worrying about the future of my life. Occasionally, I'll realize that a present moment in my life is amazing and I want to hold on to that feeling forever that's where I get trapped. Such as dying of laughter with friends while on swings at the park at 12 while staring at the stars. I always want to be constantly happy or present in what i'm doing so I can cherish life. But, that not always the case, such as being stuck at school, waiting for that bell to ring. In the story, Santiago is always having amazing adventures happening to him so he's just always present in the astonishing perils he's facing. Although, he does encounter a lot of conflicts throughout the story I still feel like he doesn't have to struggle with staying present in his life because its always exciting and interesting, something you'd like to live every moment in.

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

There is so much truth in this quote while Santiago is applying this to his lover Fatima. Although I don't have a Fatima, what I do have is my friends and family. They encourage me to be better everyday. Like my family, they encourage me to do better in school and get good grades so I can go to college like they want me to do. My friends encourage me to be a better person, and to be kinder and have a better heart. These people just make my life an all around better, happier place and I would be nothing without them in it.

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust, ,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

We are all

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Created with images by Ales Kladnik - "Clouds" • lasseholsthansen - "the northern lights aurora denmark"

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