Confronting the dream

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In the introduction to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, he talks about four reasons we don't all have the courage to confront our own dream:

First, we are told from childhood that everything we want to do is impossible.

If we have the courage to disinter dream, we are then faced by the second obstacle: love. We know what we want to do, but we are afraid of hurting those around us by abandoning everything in order to pursue our dream. We do not realize that love is just a further impetus, not something that will prevent us from going forward.

Once we have accepted that love is a stimulus, we come up against the third obstacle: fear of defeats we will meet on the path.... We warriors of light must be prepared to have patience in difficult times and to know that the Universe is conspiring in our favor, even though we may not know how.

Having disinterred our dream, having used the power of love to nurture it and spent many years living with the scars, we suddenly notice that what we always wanted is there, waiting for us, perhaps the very next day. Then comes the fourth obstacle: the fear of realizing the dream for which we fought all our lives.