I can relate this to Santiago's experience when he leaves home and decides to pursue his passion for travelling. In this painting, this young man is looking back to his house. In that house, you can see a couple: a woman in distress and a man comforting her. I could identify this couple as Santiago's parents. In the book "The Alchemist", Santiago's father was very supportive by giving him three ancient coins to pursue his dreams of being a shepherd. In the painting, the man in the house looks like he is holding the woman (his wife) back, trying to comfort and reason with her. The man that is leaving: he looks like he’s a bit happy, but at the same time he looks back, missing his family already and like Santiago, there are times where he regrets being a shepherd and leaving his family.
I can relate this to my mother’s experience when she had to leave her family in order to attend university. It was a really tough thing to do and just like Santiago’s father, her father was very supportive and bought her an apartment and paid for her tuition to start with. My mom told me that at times, she wanted to go back home because there were so many challenges for her, like her father’s death. However, she decided to move on and pursue her dreams and not give up on what her father gave her: an education.