Your Personal Legend

Discuss the September 2014 book of the month, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
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Post by Naval Aulakh » 09 Jul 2017, 07:18

I have definitely gotten more used to the idea of being able to give up all my physical possessions. I don't think that I would miss the stuff that I would leave behind, and I will be happy.
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Post by Athena Moon » 13 Jul 2017, 12:03

I easily get bored with constant things in my life and I always opt for a challenge, something dazzling and eye-opening. Since I've began pursuing my dream, I had to cut all the negative people, walk away from stability and comfort; dip into pain, sweat and tears. Honestly, this is the happiest I've ever been. I am not afraid to die tomorrow for I am living my dreams.

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Post by V_bansal2912 » 08 Sep 2017, 00:23

I heart will bring me back to my family and friends. I have been very lucky in my life to have such great people around me who love and care about me.
I could give up anything in my life to stay close to them.

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Post by Helen_Combe » 29 Mar 2018, 15:01

I’d be too frightened of losing my pension or leaving people who need me.
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Post by KatSims92 » 26 Jun 2018, 14:56

I would like to think I would. That theme of giving up everything to follow your heart is truly appealing to me and one of the things I loved about the book. As Belle said "I want much more than this provincial life," and I feel that way pretty much every day. I think we would all be happier and more fulfilled if we took more risks.

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Post by garima597 » 14 Jul 2018, 02:28

The Alchemist inspires me to recognize my own legend that is to read books and give an honest and constructive reviews about them. I enjoy reading books so i can say i have finally found my legend.
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Post by Julie Green » 04 Aug 2018, 09:48

I have always spent my money on experiences over things, so I have less fear of walking away. In my 20's I travelled the world solo. But now I have a family of my own I wouldn't leave them behind (for long!).

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Post by Sen_Suzumiya » 06 Sep 2018, 13:37

That's a very interesting question. I always considered myself a daydreamer who would do anything to make her dreams and goals come true. Sadly, now that adulthood hit me like a train, I'm afraid that many times I choose the easy and comforting path. But I learn the hard way that if you ignore your heart for too long you're going to be punished with misery and sadness. At least that was the case for me. You can take my lesson as an example and don't make the same mistake. I hope you follow your dream because we only have this life to live.
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Post by sush_destiny » 14 Mar 2019, 11:51

That takes real courage, to walk into the unknown not knowing what awaits you, only holding on to a dream. I hope I will be able to when the time comes.

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Post by Adair » 07 May 2019, 16:38

The question asks about giving up everything. To begin with, on the topic of things or items in a person`s life, many self-help gurus/life coaches recommend removing clutter every two years with the rationale of increasing one`s emotional health because it helps one consider the value of each of the items (clothes,decorations, even inherited items). For example, if you haven`t worn it in 2 years, you don`t value it and it is taking up space. Also for example, if you just cannot part with an inherited item, consider the value of it to you, and process what the values are over the next two years, making a decision then to keep or discard. Therefore, in a sense, over a relatively short period of time, it is possible to part with all of one`s things and have completely all new things, on a regular basis.

Secondly, in The Alchemist, Santiago embarks upon a quest which resonates that this is someone inexperienced in life, and in the world, setting out without having much to offer yet (or so they think at least).

In these two cases, arguably not much is being given up. However the question is also meaningful in the sense of giving up more than physical items and zero life experiences. In this regard, a person evaluates the goal of the quest (even repeatedly throughout the journey as in the book), the challenges to be faced, what success entails, and what continuing on from the successful end point might look like. I think these are the features that form much of the subtext of this book and why it is so popular.

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Post by WardahEbrahim » 25 Jun 2019, 11:59

I don't think I'm brave enough. I would need a companion. I'm not too concerned about physical possessions, but comfort zones yes.

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Post by Aditi Sapate » 13 Sep 2019, 11:59

Definitely! I'd call myself a 'hippie at heart' solely for that reason! I always follow my heart without really poring over the consequences.

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