Only the ideas that we really live with have any value. Sometimes we strife for something or try to be someone we admire because of their success. To be successful, we have to do things that society dictates, but have you asked yourself why I’m doing this? Do I like what I am doing? These are profound questions that we should ask ourselves, but we barely do. Having moments like that are crucial to giving meaning to what we do and being sincere with ourselves.
At first, we follow other people’s path; we do what our parents/teachers/ best friends tell us what is good for us. By now, you might have heard thousand times that you should cherish the moment, be kind to yourself; that is hard to do. Reading this book feels like therapy for the heart by giving you a glimpse of understanding ourselves on a deeper level.
To overcome barriers throughout our life, we have to sacrifice something in return. For Siddhartha, it was the relationship he had with his son. After overcoming this obstacle, he understood the purpose of his life. I related to this situation when I left my home to live on the other side of the world, chasing something that was considered a dream but nowadays is my reality. Our life is defined through the decisions and choices we make, They might bring us joy or sadness, but they are all enriching our lives.
All of us are striving for something. This book taught me how to classify people into two groups, seekers and finders.
Seekers have expectations to fulfill, under constant stress, and are obsessed with a target. These people are commonly in big cities; they become unaware of many things, solely having one thing in their minds.
Unlike seekers, finders try not to have expectations in life, they have a goal, but they are not obsessed with it. They might even feel that it is not essential to achieve it, but they are aware of their path. For them, the important thing is to experience the way to the destination rather than the destination itself.
Siddhartha’s path is a metaphor for how we go through life. He is characterized by having a constant feeling of discontent. Regardless of when he was poor or rich, he always had that feeling in his subconscious. He tried different ways to achieve his desired goal of “enlightenment.” He behaved in a way that would be very but was not satisfied.
We often found ourselves in the same position as him. Perhaps, some of us barely think about it, brush it off, and return to our daily duties. We try by all means to get what we want, some of us never get it, and some achieve it getting a short-lived sense of realization. Feeling dissatisfied about something is entirely normal. It might sound like a contradiction in today’s society that encourages to be constantly happy.
After reading this book, I asked myself Should I listen to them? Parents, teachers, society. After all, they want what is best for me, right? It depends. It is easy to learn and follow what society tells us to do, but many things cannot be taught; they have to be experienced.
“Siddhartha” helped me see my life and the people around me with a new perspective. We are constantly bombarded with many things clouding our sight and judgment of what’s essential for us. It helped me rediscover peace, spirituality and understand the process of becoming mature. This book could escape from our fixed routines and present you with another world perspective, more spiritual, more authentic. I’m pretty sure that by reading it, you might want to be a finder rather than a seeker.