I bought a book, The Alchemist at 5 PM today, and finished it by 9 PM with the interruption of a 1 hr 15 min phone call in between. (Well, maybe I can return the book now )
Having read The Witch of Portobello in December 2010, I was extremely disappointed with Paulo Coelho. Why would anyone ready any of his books I wondered. While The Alchmeist definitely changed my perception of the author, and I do believe it can be life changing, I don’t consider the book my best read ever. Either I lack the understanding of its depth and unable to believe the concept as to good to be true, or I’ve experienced at this point in lifetime, other random things that affect real lives.
The magical realism (my understanding of which is very limited) is however fascinating, and so is the irony in the first story about Narcissus. It did make a compelling read, and I wanted to finish the book.Maybe I need to re-attempt to understand and follow my heart, as Santiago did in the book. Maybe that will make life a little more exciting.
Weekends, and life in general has been less challenging, and nothing more than the ordinary seems to be important to accomplish. Work is there as always, friends and family, and squash and internet addiction. Everything is in place, including certain personal pressures, inability to finish travel plans, and a small sense of guilt of using six weeks of vacation before the end of the year. Vacation for what? Weekdays and weekend activities have certain release points for stress busters, sometimes weekend business makes it actually wanting to look forward to a Monday, when the day is more organized and a schedule exists, until 6 PM at least. I would like a vacation, after probably 5-6weeks of packed work and workout schedules, where I really start feeling like I need a vacation.
I also happened to meet about 5 couples, all acquaintances from grad school, 5-6 years ago. Time has moved by fast and it’s strange that all of them are in Boston and around. Earlier plans to meet them haven’t been successful but a baby shower made it possible.