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Books to read: The Pilgrimage

The PilgrimageThe Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book a very long time ago and in my mother tongue; Farsi. I didn’t remember much about it, almost nothing, so I was very surprised to see how religious this book was in my second time reading. What I really liked about it however, is that despite having religion at its core, it’s not a strictly about religion, or a religion, or a belief. It’s about life, it’s about the forces around us, spiritual or otherwise, and the things that we can choose to accept or deny. It’s about the reality of life and the practical lessons we can learn from our every day living, our experiences, and at the same time it looks beyond that and the possibilities of connecting to everything on a higher level.
It is the story of hopes,doubts, giving up, standing back up and making peace with one’s fate. It is about the journey that we all take in our lives, most of us without even realising it.

Whatever life is, with or without any meaning, however we are here, with or without the influence of a higher power or being, we have been given an opportunity to partake in an amazing journey, and for bitter or sweet, you get to do this only once, so you might as well live without any regrets.

This book will probably have a different message for different people, but for me it’s simple, live your life to the fullest and be kind to yourself and to others.

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