Times have always been hard for dreamers. But we’ll find our way.
Dreams have, over centuries, taken up the name of “imaginary goals” for most people now. But that is not how you reach your destiny. Santiago, a shepherd, knew that his destiny was to travel. But concerned only with what he can easily perceive, he thought that he was living by his destiny. But dreams find their way. On having a recurring dream, Santiago decides to visit Tarifa so as to find its interpretation. He finds the old king here, who tells the boy the meaning of his destiny, about beginner’s luck and why one must follow one’s destiny; and that all things are one.
And thus begins the journey, aka, the struggles one faces while pursuing one’s destiny.
Along Santiago’s journey, I ended up learning the subtle truth about dreams, wishes, goals and struggles that nobody tells you on the road; the very fact that it’s all so necessary. There will be times when you want to give up, let things be, stay in the static and forget about your dreams. You will think that things are so hard, so maybe it’s not meant to be. But trust me, you’re just fooling yourself. Well, if it were that easy, won’t everyone do it?
Destinies are signs from the universe that direct you to what you’re meant to be. At the start, luck will favour you, so as to encourage you to follow this path. But as you come close to realizing your destiny, life will test you to know if you are worth following this road or not.
Apart from life’s constant tests, there will be struggles you face in your heart. You will get scared of failure; of what will happen if you lose. But know that if you follow your destiny, you don’t fail; you only learn and grow. It is the struggle that makes us who we are, not the results. Results are just the bonus we get for our efforts.
And then there will be love. Most of us think that finding love is the most superior goal one has…and if one achieves it, it’s all done. But what love is true that strays you from your destiny? What love makes you forget why you are who you are? Love is essential, yes, but so is our spirit. And our spirit is made by the struggles we face. If we lose one, how must we be capable of the other?
Love is there to support you in this world where we constantly search for a person who just magically ‘gets it’. And love helps you to continue in your journey.
But above all of it, there is you. There is that energy burning inside you that wants to achieve all it can. The same one you thought you lost when you were a kid. It’s still there, waiting for you to let it gleam once again; waiting for you to understand that your heart loves you and wants you to be happy.
So what is your dream? What do the omens tell you? Are you ready for the risks and challenges?
Remember, you will face many obstacles in this journey. There will be times you would want to quit all of it. But keep at it. It’s always darkest before the dawn.