Alchemy by: Carter Kaess

“The boy felt a pang in his heart, thinking about the merchant’s daughter… ‘you are trying to realize your personal legend and you are about to give it all up’”

In order for Santiago to follow his personal legend he must realize that he needs to forget about the merchant’s daughter, otherwise he will never see his personal legend become a reality. If he was not able to leave the merchant’s daughter in the pursuit of his personal legend he would have became a lost soul.

“‘Well, there is only one piece of advice i can give you,’ said the wisest of wise men, ‘the secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.

One of many things that can distract you from seeing all the marvels of the world is fear. Fearing the loss of a loved one, or simply the fear of failure. The fear of failing keeps many people from their goals simply because they don’t want to fail, they don’t want to be made fun of or be thought as lesser.

“‘Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly. If you know your heart well, it will never be able to do that to you.’”

Fearing what you heart says and ignoring it sets yourself up to be blindsided. This will stop, or delay, the pursuit of your personal legend. This is one of many ways the path to your personal legend can become clouded, or destroyed. This can be avoided by "listening to your heart." Not necessarily your heart specifically, but anything and everything that your body tells you. this, if followed, will lead you to your personal legend.

“‘You could have died later on,’ a soldier said to the body of one of his companions. ‘You could have died after peace had been declared, but, in any case, you were going to die.’”

Everyone dies. Its that simple, but what sets us apart is what we do before we die. If you fear death for your entire life you are not really living. However, when you remember that everyone dies, you give yourself more time to seek out, and fulfill your personal legend.

“It didn’t know how to turn a man into the wind. And look how many things the wind already knew how to do!”

If the wind focused too much on not knowing how to turn a man into the wind and not enough on what he could do, he would become obsessed over that one small thing and start to crumble. Eventually the wind would forget about all the things that he can do then he would forget how to do some things trying to forget about the one thing that he can't do.

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Created with images by KeithJJ - "basketball net score" • sandra374 - "the great wall of china wonder of" • RA.AZ - "Orson Scott Card -Treason" • hang_in_there - "Fear" • Wokandapix - "anxiety fear stress" • tosaytheleast - "Write"

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