“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.” – Paulo Coelho
Recently I decided to reread one of my favorite books, The Alchemist. I had many reasons for wanting to reread this book, however, the main reason was to try and relate it to my present day life rather than how I related it to it in the past. When I first read this book, which was about 9 months ago, I was working third shift and needed something to pass the time. I decided to read this book because it had such good reviews, and was told it would open my eyes to new things. At that time, I wasn’t really looking for anything specific, but I completely missed the messages that I received reading it the second time around. Upon reading it the second time, one of the many messages I received was to discover my personal legend and go after it. If you haven’t had the chance to read The Alchemist I won’t spoil it for you and tell you the main character’s personal legend however, I will speak a little about mine.
For those who aren’t fully aware of what a personal legend is, it is your life’s spiritual purpose. It is an unwritten code of conduct that you want to live by, it is your life’s ultimate purpose. When I first read this book I was not at all thinking about my life’s purpose, or the future years ahead, I was just reading to read. This was my first mistake. My second mistake was not retaining anything that I had just read. It’s almost like it went in one ear and out the other. I wasn’t truly engaged and focused. Now that I’ve had the chance to reread it I wish I would have obtained those messages then versus now. Although my life has changed drastically since then, I probably could have used those messages along the way.
For me, my personal legend doesn’t consist of becoming this overly famous person with tons of money to blow. However, it does consist of success and happiness, no matter if it leaves me rich or just comfortable. I simply want to live well, and by well I mean full of faith, courage, knowledge, strength and in accordance with my true spirituality. I want to live my life to its full purpose and enjoy it along the way. I want to know that I’ve impacted the life of at least one person and do something that I can be proud of. I know that right now my personal legend may seem a bit vague, but I am only 24 and I still have a lot to experience and learn. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” I know that my personal legend consists of me becoming better and I want to make sure that my everyday life allows me to do so.
One of the main reasons I enjoy writing is because it allows me to push out the millions of thoughts I have roaming around in my head. But it also pushes me to make those thoughts become reality. It’s easy to think about something over and over again without actually doing it. But once it’s out there on paper for the world to see, it makes me want to strive for it even more. Not only am I sharing my personal thoughts with others, but it’s also my way of letting those who have these same thoughts know they have my full support. For those who like to shy away from this topic or believe that it’s not something they need to worry about at this moment. Know it’s not a bad thing to wonder what your life’s purpose is. Never keep yourself from aspiring to learn your true personal legend. If you want it, the universe WILL help you achieve it. – xo J