The Alchemist and the Words Unleashed Becky serrano per. 4

"He was going to miss the place and all the things he had learned." (65)

This connects to having the ability to love and let go because sometimes in life we have to be selfish. We have to do things for ourselves and not for others. We can't always please everyone in life, we only have one life to live and that is our own life. No one else should determine your life for yourself. In life we have so many opportunities to go out and explore the outside world, but get held back by what others have to say about us. At the end of the day it's going to be just you, so you have to go out and seek things for yourself. One time I wasn't allowed to be friends with someone because they weren't cool enough for my other friend, but she made me laugh beyond words can even say. She was my long lost sister, so I had to cut my friendship with her in order to be happy with my new friend because I wanted to be genuinely happy, and I was.

"We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it's our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand." (79)

This is an example of beware the destructive danger of fear. We write our own destiny, but we just don't know it. If we are always fearful of what is to come in the future then we will never achieve our personal legend or live in the moment. We can't have fear in life because then it brings us down and holds us back from our dreams. This destroys what we want in life and gives us a set back. If we keep this constant fear with us, then the outcome will create a mess. Drowning in negative thoughts will cause negative things. I was always fearful of doing the wrong things and creating misfortunes with certain people. Soon enough those negative thoughts came to life and caused me to be more reserved. I didn't live for a long time until I got help and realized MY life isn't about living in fear, it's about living in the moment. I will always remember what I did wrong to help me move forward and not let fear destroy me again.

"You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you'll never have to fear an anticipated blow." (134)

It's better to trust your intuition, rather than ignoring it and letting yourself down. This way the universe can guide you to help pursue all your dreams, instead of getting held back by that one negative voice in the back of your mind telling you, you can't do it. Trusting in your inner self will not only help the universe to lead you to your dreams, but help you to better oneself and become deeper with oneself. Many times we lose trust in ourselves because we doubt we are able to commit a goal. If we always had that negative set back we would all be sad and worthless. We are all brought to life with a purpose and the universe is here to help us with this purpose, all we need to do is trust in ourselves. I remember in the summer I was terrified of going far into the ocean because open water scares me. But my friends were all out there, swimming in the waves and laughing with each other while I was watching them. I had to trust in myself that I was going to be okay and suddenly the universe had calmed the waves down so I could go into the water more and have fun with all my friends. Thank you universe :)

"The secret of happiness is to see the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon." (35)

This connects to going after your dreams and believing in yourself because life is about being balanced. Funny how I didn't just say happy because with balance comes happiness. It's about having time to see everything in life while still learning, experimenting and loving. The spoon, the wise man is talking about is, life. The oil is everything you fill your life with. For example your life lessons, laughter, and creating memories. Everything else is one enjoying all the marvels in the world and having faith in one another that those dreams can me checked off. In this photo I was genuinely happy and it's been awhile since I've been like this. I'm laughing about something dumb Pauline said at our track & field banquet. Before the whole season someone told me I shouldn't join track because I wasn't fast enough. Of course I was distraught with this comment, but I went out on the track and created a family. I'm very happy I went after my dream and didn't let a couple of comments bring me down.

"There is a universal language, understood by everyone, but already forgotten." (72)

In this world, we are designed to seek out our personal legend. You know, we learn how to walk, grow up, go to school, graduate, get into college, start our career, get married, start a family, have grandkids, then we die. It's life. In between all those special events we're supposed to live for ourselves. To be happy. If we misunderstand a simple lesson on life we can destroy our happiness or the ones around us. This connects to beware the destructive danger of fear because this language could ruin us if we take it the wrong way.

See there's this great thing we have and it's called, life. Many people don't take advantage of it and it creates a bubble around them. This bubble is fear and they're too scared to step out of their bubble. Some of us are born with this natural feeling of fear or others get put into this set of mind. This is why we need reassurance. It helps us stay on the right path. All we want in life is to be happy, but sometimes it's difficult. Reasons being because we forget that we are welcomed into this great marvel. The Alchemist reveals all these secrets in between the lines with the help of others along the way. He learns at the end, with all help, struggles, and advice what his real personal legend was.

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Created with images by skeeze - "milky way andromeda stars" • xisdom - "caravan desert safari" • marcisim - "love family heart" • eXage - "my small universe | мій маленький всесвіт" • Dmitry Kolesnikov - "Behind the back" • dryhead - "Fear"

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