I have always written structured posts that deliver information or shared experience but this one is slightly different. Today I’d like to talk to you about something I think a lot about.
This year has been an odd year for me. There has been a lot of need for decisions, or at least the weight of knowing that I will soon have to make many important decisions that will have an enormous impact on my life.
How does anyone make a decision like this? Are we supposed to just know? Is it supposed to be that easy? Or is it supposed to be a long, tiring and difficult process of research and trial and error?
I don’t think there is one specific answer that is right or wrong in respect to this. Towards the end of last year, I read The Alchemist. I know it is such a cliche for someone to read the book and be inspired by it but the truth is that the inspiration came with a lot of confusion.
So, I took to the internet to try and figure it out. I read countless articles and the one thing I understood from it is that The Alchemist is a book filled with so many lessons layered on top of one another, overlapping so much that each person who reads it, only learns lessons that they are able to depict based on their perspective of the world that has developed as a result of their life experiences.
Each person who reads the book, reads the exact same lines yet receives a different message from it. I would only learn the lessons I was prepared to learn at the time of reading. There are two quotes that stood out to me the most that I believe has, in a way, paved my path in life for the past few months:
“Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. When you find your path, you must not be afraid.”
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
There is a word mentioned in The Alchemist, “Maktub” and the merchant in the story describes it as “It is written”. For the longest time I thought that it meant our destiny was written. That things will always turn out the way that they are supposed to. And if that is so, why would any of us put any effort into trying to achieve our goals?
Now, I have finally put the pieces together. What is written, isn’t our destiny, but our desires.
I believe that when we are born, the intense desires we will have has already been determined and written. These desires originate in the soul of the Universe. That is why when we have a strong desire to do something, all the universe conspires to help us achieve it.
What I like about it is that we can always go against these desires. Whether or not we choose to work towards them is entirely up to us. But only if we do listen to our hearts and find our true calling will external forces work in our favor.
I watched a Youtube video of a guy who wanted to become a doctor but decided to settle for engineering instead because he didn’t want to put his family through debt. Years later, at the age of 37, he started medical school. And he discovered that it was truly where he belonged.
In The Alchemist, the main character took years, multiple detours, faced many challenges and traveled miles from home before he was able to find his treasure, that at the end of the day was always at his doorstep. Life is the same way.
I think we have always known what our desires are and what is meant for us. We have always been chasing the wrong things. At the end of the day, we will find our treasure exactly where we begun; At home.
But not without an adventure first.