Have you read the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho?
My boss called me tonight and told me she no longer wanted to retain me as an employee. After three months of grinding (it was a coffee shop, pun intended here), the first thought that popped into my head when she told me was the image of an old, wise looking man saying “It was written”.
If you’ve read The Alchemist, you’ll probably understand why I had that random thought. If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. It has completely changed my perspective on life. It is also only like 3 bucks on Amazon.
The Alchemist is an allegorical novel about a boy who dreams of finding treasure at the Pyramids. He decides to travel to Egypt and the book follows his journey there- it’s mysterious, alluring and full of mic-drop-worthy life lessons.
Paulo Coelho argues that we all have a destiny (a “Personal Legend” as he calls it) and that life is constantly sending you signs to try and steer you toward that destiny.
To be completely honest with you, had I not read The Alchemist this year, I probably would have had a less positive reaction to being laid off. But if I look at the experience through the lens of The Alchemist, maybe working at this coffee shop wasn’t something I was supposed to be doing? Or maybe I had learned all the skills and lessons I needed in my first three months at the coffee shop and there was nothing left for me there. Or maybe my probation was up and my employer just didn’t want to retain me.
The truth is, it could be any one of those things.
But I like to think life is trying to steer me toward my personal legend. I told you in my past couple blog posts that I am planning a big change come early next year. This change would have been incompatible with my barista job anyway– maybe life is trying to make sure I don’t chicken out on my big plans? Maybe life’s giving me no choice but to move forward? Who knows.
One door is closed… can’t wait to see which window gets cracked open.
If you’ve read The Alchemist, please let me know. I’m kind of obsessed with it and would love to hear what you thought.