In The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, the main character Santiago has a dream about finding a treasure in the pyramids of Egypt. A gypsy woman and an old man claiming to be a mysterious king advise him to pursue it. "To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation," the old man tells him. "And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." Santiago sets out on his adventure and along the way he is subjected to various experiences of life. With the help of the alchemist, Santiago completes his journey filled with discoveries only to find that the treasure he was looking for was waiting for him in the place where he least expected.
This story, timeless and entertaining yet simple, breaks down the journey we all take to find the most meaningful treasures in our lives. This is a story about the faith, power, and courage we all have within us to pursue the individual journeys we are assigned. Each one of our paths are filled with destiny and sometimes distractions. Santiago shows how along the way we learn to trust our hearts, learn to read the signs, and understand that as we look to fulfill a dream, it looks to find us just the same, if we let it.
I encourage you today, to listen to your inner voice, fight through the self doubt that may muffle that voice, and continue on to your journey.
Remember to take care of yourself.