My initial reaction to this video is that it really does speak alot of truth. He really does know and practice alot of life lessons that people today would get great value out of doing. One thing he did stuck out to me it was when he said "people often die, before they physically die." He explained that people often give up on their life at some point, they give up their dreams because they are scared of what others will think. And I agree with that, i think alot of people would have become different things if judgement wasn't present. Maybe so and so wants to be a chef but his dad who is a soldier wants him to go to the military. Or perhaps a girl wants to become a teacher but her parents want her to become some rich medical doctor. People's dreams die before they do. I for example want for a career to become a diesel mechanic but my family wants me to go to school to become something more high paying. So i can understand what he says in that peoples dreams die.
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i totally agree with you caleb. I feel like he is saying the truth. It's interesting how he knows so much about life aspects.
I agree with you. Sometimes people's dreams die before they do which is just as bad as dying for real. I also agree with you that people's real dreams are often shifted to something else by others. Either by peer pressure, society, or parents.
It makes me sad that most of the people who alter others dreams are truely trying to be helpful. For instance, our parents might just be watching out for our financial well-being if they suggest a higher-paying career. People should consider other dreams before making career suggestions.
Caleb, I completely agree. This coming from someone else who wants to become a diesel mechanic. Other peoples' views are forced upon us and we can be forced out of our own mind in a way. We lose our path and with that we lose who we are or want to be. Keeping a dream alive is what keeps hope alive in all of us.
I agree with caleb on the fact that people should try to follow their dreams because in the end that would make them more happy then them making money
I agree with caleb 100% because he has a point when he talks about the dreams that you initially start off with and in the end, might have something different in mind because of the words of others. These words have a great impact and as Coehlo said...dreams die before they do. This explains so much in the world today.
I agree with you Caleb. Paulo really is speaking the truth and he doesn't seem to be one who has trouble speaking the truth. It is also very interesting how he says things so simple about dreams and peoples lives but what he is actually saying gives a good number of his readers the ability to put themselves in the position that Paulo is talking about with Santiago.
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My initial reaction to this video was that I feel Paulo Coelho writes to share to people in the world his views of life. I feel like he's trying to remind us readers that you’re responsible for your actions and that you have to have fate and commit to what you’re doing in order to achieve it. In the video, Coelho said that people's dreams die before they do... I totally agree with him. I feel like people now days people are so focused on their daily routines that they don't have time to commit to a small dream or goal. For an example, someone’s trying to lose weight. They don’t commit to exercising daily and eating a healthy diet. So, as time progresses, they get fatter because they never stuck to their plan. Another thing that struck out to me was when he was talking about how people die before they physically die. I think this goes along with commiting to your dreams. Somebody could give up on their dream since high school just to, for an example, raise their kid or something.
I agree that Coelho writes to share his views of life. He certainly has many of them, and they aren't all the "norm" and I think that they need to be heard. Many people believe that there is one right way to go about things and it can't be done any other way and this isn't true. Paulo Coelho's views and ideas really make you think about your own, I thought.
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I totaly agree with preeti that he is trying to get us to remind us that were responsible for what we do and we control who we are. Also, that peoples dreams die before they do because its true people give up on there dreams and she gave a good example about losing weight and how people just make up excuses not to acheive that goal.
Preeti, I agree with you on how it seems like Coelho wants to remind readers about not forgetting about dreams. The getting involved in daily routines too much to relaize you're missing out on your dream seems to be like a trend so far in this book with the crystal seller and baker for example.
One time I heard a story about a city in which everyone focused on their routines and neglected the city's beauty. Eventually, no one ever looked at its picturesque architecture and windows, buildings, and statues started to disapear because no one looked at them. Then, one day everything was gone and people noticed the changes and were saddened. I feel that this short story is one that Coelho would support.
As I began to watch the video my image of Paulo Coelho changed. I thought of him as almost a child-like person before and now I see him as a very intelligent, open minded person. He seems very down to earth and in tune with his readers. In this he realizes how most people are. He says that people tend to follow in the footsteps of others rather than following their own dreams. When he related this to himself, he said that love a lot of times is blamed for people losing sight of their dream or following it. He disagreed with this as do I. He said something along the lines of if those people do really love you then they will support you. This was actually a realization for me. He also says that he wants to be remembered as someone who did what he wanted, but was honest and put his all into everything he did. I think that this is something really awesome to live by, and is exactly what he meant by "dying alive."
I thought the same thing about Coelho before watching this video. Then, hearing all he had to say about his life and the meaning of life itself changed my initial perception of him.
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My initial reation to the video is that he does speak the truth about life and how you really need to achieve your personal goals. This really showed through in the book were reading the Alchemist. He also said how he did this in real life by giving up everthing and he began writing which was his person goal/legend. My aha moment during the video was when he talked about how people die before they actually die and how he wants to be living when he actually dies. This is true because people give up on there goals and alot of other things in life and that kills you but if you achieve your personal goal and do what you want and be who you always want to be you'll never die till you actually die. I personally thing that shows alot of truth about people in the world.
I agree with you, Zach. I think that's amazing that he gave up what he was doing to achieve his own personal goal. People sometimes need a "reality check" to make sure they are doing what they want so they truly live until they die.
I agree with you when you say he speaks a lot of truth about life. His talking about death and people dying before they die was completely true. I think you make some pretty good statements in your blog.
I really agree with you about how people give on their goals. Too many people these days are just quitting on life almost. A lot of them are kids too, and they really shouldn't be quitting on life at such a young age or at all. I think everyone should have a goal set that they can reach to achieve. And if they get that one, set another challenge for themselves. It is a good way to keep yourself always looking toward the future.
I agree with you that giving up on your goal kills you before you actually die. I think it totally makes sense to me.
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I completely agree with you zach. It's amazing what he gave up to find his own personal legend, much like Santiago giving up his sheep and what not in The Alchemist. People also need to live their lives to their fullest before they die. Like the crystal merchant: he never went to Mecca, and that leaves an empty void in his life, whether he knows it or not.
I agree with you Zach. When Coelho says that people die before they actually physically die, it is very true. Lots of people decide to give up on whatever it is they are doing and are faced with no purpose in life. Hence, they die before actually dying.
This video I thought gave me not necessarily a whole new perspective, but it made me think of things that I definitely would agree with but had never thought about specifically before. Throughout this video clip I was struck at how humble Coelho is. All of his answers were very sincere and you could tell he really wasn't gaining anything from this interview, he was just sharing about his life. My first "aha" moment was when Coelho stated that you become your circumstances, you are what the circumstances you have been through have created you to be. It makes total since that if someone has gone through a divorce that they would be kind of skeptical when beginning a new relationship - because their circumstance made their opinion change. The biggest "aha" moment I had during this clip was when Coelho said that you have an open door when you have a question, but you get an answer you close all doors. This to me makes total sense and I had never really thought about it. For example if you don't know how to do a homework problem you're going to ask whoever you can find about how to do the problem. Once someone explains to you how to do the problem you simply forget about it. This happens all the time in life and Coelho put it very eloquently. I overall enjoyed this video and hearing his take on life.
I totally agree with you on Coelho's humility. Typically, I think of celebrities as being stuck up, yet he certainly is an exception. I wonder if non-American celebrities are generally more humble.
I agree with you that Coelho is good at stating things people don't think about in new ways. For instance, when you mentioned closing doors when a question is answered, I like that phrase because there really is no reason to open another door once you have an answer. I think Coelho would believe that people who "die when they are already dead" close the doors in their lives because they feel that they have accomplished everything that they want to accomplish.
Paulo Coelho he says of a lot of interesting things about life and the choices we make. I found it strange that he thinks qeustions are better than answers at first, but it's true that if all we had were answers then we would stop thinking and we wouldn't learn anything. If all we have are questions then we pursue the answers and learn a lot on the way. Just like Santiago. If he had the answer to his treasure in Egypt right away then he wouldn't have learned anything. Since he didn't have the answer, he had to pursue it and along the way he learned many things such as Arabic, the desert, the Soul of the World, and following your dreams to the end. I also liked how he said that no one is to blame for not fulfilling our dreams except ourselves. This is true. If we give up on our dreams then it is only our fault and no one elses. We can't blame it on our boss or anyone we claim is holding us back. I also agree with what he said about our loved ones. They will support us all the way. People don't fulfill their dreams because they're afraid of hurting the loved ones or that the won't be supported by them but they will support their dreams. He also says that if we die without fulfilling our dreams then we are already dead, but if we did fulfill our dreams then we died alive. I liked that.
I agree with you, Luke. I feel saddened when I think of all the people that could have done something great, but didn't persue their goals because of a fear of failure, or of hurting someone. It's a shame really.
I also agree with you Luke, I liked how Coelho said that you can only blame yourself for not fulfulling you dreams; that its very easy to blame others around you, but in the end, your the one who gets hurt.
Something I found extremely interesting is how many life lessons he has packed into this story. These lessons that he learn throughout his own life are something that should be learned by everyone. He says you can die before you physically die. This is one of the most truthful statements I have ever heared uttered. To lose your dream is to lose who you are or want to be. People usually fall off of their path because of how another person may view them. I also thought that when he asked if the world would be better if everyone stopped caring about being judged. This hit me hard because its a question that I feel is incredibly hard to come up with a solution for because there is no way to stop people from even silently judging each other. History even shows that most wars were started because one group of people judged a different group of people. It's hard to get rid of something that is almost imbedded in our brains and effects how we think on a daily basis.
I agree that his statement about how people die before they are physically dead is a very powerful statement. It shows that people are too easily held back by others thoughts and even by their own thoughts or fears. Many people are too afraid to follow their dreams that they essentially have nothing left to live for.
I 100 % agree. The saying, 'just because your alive doesnt mean living' is a very good example of this. People will live their lives held back by fear, or thoughts, that they just let go of their dreams.
My initial thoughts on this video are how experienced Coelho seems to be on life. He seems to have many experiences that have influenced his story. I feel like he feels that writing was his own "personal legend". It was his dream and he lived it. One of my "aha" moments was when he was talking about his dream because he clearly feels very passionate about them which is why they are a big part of the story, "The Alchemist." Coelho doesn't seem very prideful at all but almost as though he lives to speak into others lives about his view of the world and peoples' thinking processes should be. My second "aha" moment was when I realized why the advice the boy gets in the book is such a big, influencing part. In a way, Coelho was sharing his knowledge through that advice.
I agree with you Lauren on your thoughts about Coelho. One of the things I liked about him was how he didn't seem prideful. He just seemed passionate about his dreams and what he is teaching others.
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i agree with Lauren because he does seemed very experienced which makes a very good writer and also makes you want to read and believe everything he writes.
Paulo is one of the few great philosophers of our time. I agree with him when he says our circumstances affect how we behave. When we are born we're all pretty much the same. We develope a personality based on our surroundings and how people treat us. A person with a very positive upbringing will more likely be a positive person than a person with a negative childhood. I think that one of the main reasons why people don't realize their dreams is because they are scared. Most people dream big, but they are too scared of failing to actually try it. They realize that if they fail that it will only be their fault and no one elses. Very little scares us more than that.
Schuyler I totally agree with you that Coelho is one of the best modern day philosophers. His views on achieving dreams are about as good as they get and his view on how people react to trying to reach their dreams are too. I also agree with you and Coelho when you say that people that are brought up in a negative environment will have a negative outlook on life a vice versa. I think that this is very true and there are many examples of this happening to people all over the world. One example of this might be a person born into a Dunlap family compared to someone brought up to be a child soldier in Africa these two people would definitely have different outlooks on life, good and bad. That's why I agree with you and Coelho
I initially thought that Coelho modeled Santiago after himself because they seem to have a lot in common. For instance, they both gave up everything to pursue their Personal Legends. Coelho forfeited financial security and took a step forward and told his wife that he wanted to be a writer. Similarly, Santiago left the seminary, told his parents he did not want to be a priest, sold his sheep, and lost his money on multiple occasions. Additionally, they both believe that living a Personal Legend is more important than love. Coelho's wife was supportive of his living his dream whereas Santiago leaves Fatima, who is accepting, to find his treasure.
One aha moment I experienced was when Coelho said that The Alchemist was not about finding answers but about finding questions. This explains why Santiago had to go to the pyramids if the treasure was under the sycamore tree. Personally, I think Santiago's real treasure was the things he learned along his journey to find the physical treasure. The questions Santiago came up with along his journey really helped him form his values, which seems more important than finding buried treasure.
Another aha moment I experienced was when Coelho seemed saddened by the Iraq war, which was largely based on radical Islam. I feel that Coelho wanted the U.S. to be more supportive of Islam instead of going to all-out war. This is illustrated in The Alchemist when he allows Santiago, a Catholic, to believe in many of the same concepts as the Muslim Africans.
I agree with you about his reaction to the war. The way he portrait this in the book caught my attention when he said this as well. He shows how the two religions can intermingle and work well if they keep open minds about each other. Santiago had to adapt to his new situation but seemed to do so quite well.
My first thought about this interview is Paulo Coelho seems to know a lot about life. I feel like since he has fulfilled his dream, he does know a lot about life and how things can be hard, sad, or stressful. He knows about the part of life where you just wanna give up, and when you feel a bit lost. He also knows how it feels to complete your dream and how happy one can be when fulfilling their dreams. One moment that struck me was when he said it is easy to blame other people for you not fulfilling your dream. I always do that, such as when I get a C in a class I blame the teacher, and not me. Another point that stuck me was when he said loved ones don't hold you back from your dream, Loved ones help you to achieve your dream. This is also very true because I know no matter what I wanted to be my mom would always say I should do what I want to. She would never say I had to do one certain thing. Overall, I find Paulo Coelho a very interesting, wise, and smart man.
Max, I agree with all the points you made above. I do think that Coelho is smart, wise, and full about life's experiences. It is true that he said loved ones do not hold back your dream...even though it may seem like it. For example, when parents try to nudge you in another direction than which you intended. Parents are the ones that gave you life; why would they try to destroy what they gave? Also, parents have more experience than you, so it would actually be a blessing for them to give you advise.
Yeah I totally understand you Max. I like to blame the teachers a lot too for my poor grades. But in reality it is me to blame. My mom too always supports me in whatever I want to do. It is great to have the support of our loved ones.
This interview really changed my views of Paulo Coelho. From reading The Alchemist, I assumed this man to be just a regular guy that wrote a book, but he is very intelligent in his thinking. I can't even imagine how he came up with some of the different ideas that he had. My big "aha" moment was when he said, "I think that when you have a question, you have an open door, and when you have an answer, you close your doors." I think this is very true for most situations. If you have a question or wonder about something in the world, you are going to continue to think about it. Once you find the answer you were looking for, the search is over, and you can forget about questioning it. I don't think many people question enough things in the world. Having questions can lead you to finding out amazing things about everything. If you don't ever question anything, you will never make any discoveries. I really think many people should take a lesson from what he is saying in this interview and in the world.
This interview really changed my views of Paulo Coelho. From reading The Alchemist, I assumed this man to be just a regular guy that wrote a book, but he is very intelligent in his thinking. I can't even imagine how he came up with some of the different ideas that he had. My big "aha" moment was when he said, "I think that when you have a question, you have an open door, and when you have an answer, you close your doors." I think this is very true for most situations. If you have a question or wonder about something in the world, you are going to continue to think about it. Once you find the answer you were looking for, the search is over, and you can forget about questioning it. I don't think many people question enough things in the world. Having questions can lead you to finding out amazing things about everything. If you don't even question anything, you will never make any discoveries. I think many people should take a lesson from what he says in this interview.
After listening to this, my first reaction was that Paulo Coelho is probably one of the wisest, and most interesting people on this Earth. He seems to know so much about life, and people in general, and there is so much truth in his words. One of the "aha" moments for me was when he said that people at his age have the answer to why they are alive, but that he doesn't. He's still open to the world and the mysteries of life.
First off, I thought this was a very interesting interview. I guess what Coelho is trying to say is that don't be afraid to dream big. Its often the people who think they can change the world really do change the world. But when an obstacle is thrown in their way, they think that they cannot change the world. Coelho also says that one shouldn't give up their hopes and dreams. If your heart says that you are destined to do this, then you probably are.
When Coelho says that one should die alive, I think it means to die doing what you love...In other words, one should die happily with no regrets.
Before watching this interview, my initial thoughts were that Coelho was just going to describe his book and be asked about his writing career. However, that's far from the case. I learned a lot about his life and it's really cool to understand now that the book is basically an autobiography told from the standpoint of an every day shepherd. An "aha" moment I had was when he talked about life not being about finding answers, but finding questions. The fact that finding answers doesn't open doors, but shuts them, was kind of a realization for me. You can't really enjoy life if you know all the answers. The joy in life is about asking the questions, not knowing the answers. The other "aha" moment I had was connecting that "aha" moment to the book. This book is all about finding questions to lead the way to more and more questions. The questions being the way to enjoy life and not lose sight of what's important.
My initial reaction to this video was that Paulo saw the world in a much different way than I do. He said that we should go after question rather than answers. I am the type of person who doesn't question why but just wants to know. If I started thinking "why am I doing this?" or "why does that happen?" then the world would become clearer. My first "aha" moment was when Paulo was talking about dreams. Sometimes when we think our dreams are really possible, it scares us and when we don't think they are possible, it drives us forward. He showed this through the crystal merchant in the market. He knew he could proceed in his dream and go to Mecca but he would not leave. He feared that he would not have any thing to live for afterwards. The feeling of that dream is in our reach but far enough that it will stay there gives people a feeling and drive for it. They are the ones who don't fear their dream.
Paulo Coelho says a lot of interesting things in his interview. As I watched it, his comment that most impressed me was that he wants to "die alive." I agreed with him that most people just give up their lives and lose hopes before they physically die. I think what "alive" means to Coelho is having his experiences and living his dream.
First, Coelho meets new people and new things. And he regards experiencing something new as an important aspect of being "alive." I think he revealed this idea through the shepherd boy in "The Alchemist" who meets many people and learns something new during his journey.
Second, Coelho emphasizes that one should pursue one's dream no matter how much it seems probable. When it doesn't look possible, that's why it is a dream. Coehlo also says don't give up dream for anything, even if it costs one's family, love, or other poeple. There are a lot of people who forsake their dreams because of their loved ones or other things. I felt that pursuing dream, despite of other people or their view, is something brave and splendid. That is, whether one could achieve it or not, a life following one's dream is valuable.
My initial reaction to this interview was how Coelho was very open about how he didn't have all the answers to life, even at his age. One thing that struck me was realizing that The Alchemist is about questions not answers. The whole time I was reading it I thought about how many answers it has, but now I realize it does raise a lot of questions without actually stating them directly. Also when he said that people are often dead before they actually die, that really made me think. It is very true that many people give up on life while they are still living, they are just stuck in the same rut because they were too scared to follow their dreams.
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The Alchemist is about questions not answers. It makes you think about life experience does it always have to an answer to be correct.
Paulo Coelho says a lot of interesting things in his interview. As I watched it, his comment that most impressed me was that he wants to "die alive." I agree with him that many people just give up on their lives and lose hope before they physically die. I think what being "alive" means to Coelho is to have new experiences and to live his dream.
First, Coelho meets many new people and experiences many new things throughout his life, and he regards experiencing something new as an important aspect of being "alive." I think he revealed this idea through the shepherd boy in "The Alchemist" who meets many people and learns new things during his journey.
Second, Coelho emphasizes that one should pursue one's dream no matter how much it seems improbable. When it doesn't look possible, that's why it is a dream. Coehlo also says that one shouldn't give up one's dream for anything, even if it costs him his family, love, or other poeple. There are a lot of people who forsake their dreams because of their loved ones. I felt that pursuing one's dream, despite of other people or their view, is something brave and splendid. That is, whether one could achieve it or not, a life following one's dream is a valuable life.
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Coelho's interview opened up many realizations on my part. I completely agree with the fact that you need to live your life to its fullest extent. It's amazing what he's done in order to achieve his Personal Legend of becoming an author, and a great one at that. This idea of having your own destiny is clearly reflected in The Alchemist. My "aha" moments included him saying that you're responsible for your own actions and the fact that anybody can achieve their own Personal Legend.
When I was first listening to Coelho speak, I was actually surprised by his responses. He seemed to be pretty in touch with society. He blogged, wrote articles, and knew about world affairs. I believe that he made an interesting point when he said that his book was about looking for questions rather than answers. This is true because without a purpose to look for his treasure, how could Santiago find what it was he is looking for. This also applies easily to our modern day lives. I noticed that he was very humble too. He said that he wanted to be remembered as a person who was honest in his work, and died doing what he wanted to do in life. When you really think about it, it makes sense. You can say all you want about your accomplishments, but how you accomplished them and if you died enjoying it is what matters.
My initial thoughts about Paulo Coelho's inteview is that the way he talks makes him sounds very intelligent but he still is learning and he wants to keep living for the answer to life. if found it very interesting that it sounded like in the interview he didnt have the answers for life but in the book the characters somewhat knew what was going on in their lives
When I was watching the interview I was definitely thinking of how similar Coelho and Santiago are. They both risked a lot so that they could accomplish their dreams. One aha moment for me was when he said that when the conditions for fulfilling your dream are perfect than the only person to blame for not fulfilling it is yourself. This shows me that we need to take advantage of the opportunities we have.
My initial reaction to this interview is that Paulo Coelho is a very out spoken man and writer. He is out spoken not only through his writing but also in the interview when talking about dreams. My first aha moment came when he said that he believes that all people have dreams but everyone is in a different stage in chasing these dreams. He explains that some people will, including himself at one point, give up on their dream and become content with everyday life. This happened to him when he had a good job but hadn't pursued his dream of writing. I think Coelho is right in this that people sometimes give up and become content with a lot of things they do. My second aha moment came when Coelho explained that even though people become content with everyday life they should still continue to pursue their dreams and never give up. I 100% agree with him on this and a lot of over things. He is a very interesting man and I hope to learn more about him in class as we finish the Alchemist.
My initial reaction about this interview was that Paulo Coelho was different than what I expected. He seems very truthful to what he believes in and has an interesting perspective on life. The first comment that I really noticed was when Paulo was talking about dreams. He was talking about when you dreams become possible then people get scared. I think that statement is very true. When things come into reach when they never thought it would happen, people tend to get scared and back away. I agree with the above statement because some people don't have the courage to fulfill their dreams when they have the chance to do so. The other moment in the interview that caught my eye was when Paulo's blog question came up, "Would the world be a better place if people would stop trying to be like by others and instead begin to follow their own dreams." That question was deep and made me think about the meaning. I came to the conclusion that, in my opinion, the world would be a better place because in today's society everyone is just trying to please society's standards. Most people aren't going after their dreams anymore and instead are just pleasing others and their opinions. I think you need to live life with passion and you need to do what you are passionate about. Most people today aren't doing what they feel passionate about. You should enjoy your job, not dread it. You should enjoy life, not waste it.
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When i watched this video my thoughts of Paulo Coelho had also changed. I agree with Coelho when he said that youre the only one that can fulfill your dream and not blame the people around you. Also when he mentioned that you realize your dream is possible you are secured and have no one else to blame, thats what he said influenced him writing this book which i respect him for. I also respect him because he wrote the book by following his dream, he didn't worry about the book succeeding or not he just followed him dream. Coelho is a very good example of someone who follows there dream and thats what caught my eye most in this video.
My initial reaction to this interview was that i love how he said 'most people my age know the secret to why life is, i don't'. I loved that and i thought that was so powerful, becasue the no one actually understands the secret of life. There really is no secret to life, its what you make of it. I also loved how he said he respected the mystery of life aswell. Thats huge. Because alot of people will just go day by day not learning or experiencing anything new. He said that you do not accumulate experiences, experiences somehow teach you how to react. But if you try to accumulate, then you will be lost. Life is not about the experiences you have been through, but how you reacted to those experiences. He also said that he longs for new experiences. I loved that also because many people dont. Many people just dont care. And thats sad, because going through life not careing is just wasteing life, and your precious time on earth. I think that seeing the world as a child is very important to. He said he loves that he can still see the world as child, but not naieve like a child, but through innocence. Seeing no evil or wrong, but just the beauty of it all, and having no worries. Thats how everyone should ive their lives.
My initial thoughts on the interview with Paulo Coelho are that I'm very shocked about the kind of torture he has been through that impressed that he shows no problem with speaking the truth and talking about what he has been through in his life and what he has seen. I can really relate to him saying that anybody can fulfill their dreams in life.
My initial reaction to this interview of Paulo Coelho is that he wrote the Alchemist to help share the story of his life. I thought this was a very interesting interview and he is trying to tell people don't be afraid to dream big! The biggest 'aha' moment for me was when he said that the Alchemist was written to make you ask more question not give you answers. That for me wrapped everything about the novel in and now I understand the meaning of why he wrote the Alchemist. Another 'aha' moment was when he was talking about his dreams and that when we realize that it it's hard to reach our dreams it makes us drive even harder and further for them. That completely makes sense to me and I realize that the statement is correct. Also it doesn't matter what your accomplishments are or how you got about them. It's about how you lived your life and how you spent it.
Some of my initial thoughts were that this guys is not what i had expected him to act like. he as very modest and very detailed in his explanations on how he wanted to be remembered and also detailed on the purpose of The Alchemist. A couple "aha" moments for me were that if your not getting to follow your dream it completely falls on you and also that you want to be remembered as someone who made a difference.
Overall I think this interview was very insightful on just life in general. We go just living life but don't actually take time to think about how we are living it. If we all think about life for a while we all have a dream that sits in the back of our minds and its the purpose of life to live that dream out. I like the part in the interview where it says that moments when you think your dream is impossible you live it out and moments you think your dream is possible you feel secure. This should be on the top 10 list of life lessons-knowing that all dreams are possible if you are willing to find the way to accomplish it. It's so easy to live a life and die before you actually die like Coehlo says. Thats because that person is not giving him/herself any reason for living. What we should take from this is too live life to the end so we can die alive. I also believe Coehlo is right in saying that the law and people around us can keep us away from our dream but once you set excuses aside and look at the reality-Coehlo says that you can't blame anyone but yourself for not accomplishing your dream.