Recently this photo taken by Dru Anne Doyle, popped up in front of me and all I could think of was the wonderful book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” which was written by Richard Bach and published in 1970. More often than not we all see a group of gulls, or any birds, as a flock and not as individuals. After reading this book, I have ceased to look at any group as one. We are all individuals, even the gulls.
I know the story has been around for years and I am sure that many of you are familiar with it, but something about the story has always stuck with me and even today as I walked through the cold parking lot of Walmart in Northern Indiana, hearing a gull call above, I looked up and questioned in my mind, “Is that you Jonathan”?
In case you have never taken the time to read a story about a seagull who learns to fly, really fly, soaring above all the rest, I would urge you to do so. It is a relatively short book, only 93 pages, and such a totally unique and delightful adventure about freedom, flight and seeking a higher purpose in life. If perhaps you are a person that occasionally likes to make your own rules when you are convinced you are right, or someone who gets extreme pleasure out of doing something well, even if it is just for yourself, then I am sure you will find yourself soaring with Jonathan on his journey. He wants to learn to fly better than any other gull and chooses to go against his flock to follow his dream of being more than just ordinary.
We all have dreams, but few of us take the time to pursue them as Jonathan does in his story. The freedom of flight has been a dream of man for all time, and Jonathan takes us a little closer.
If anyone out there would like to read this book, I happened to find a place online where you can read the complete book for free, although it is still in print and could probably be found at the Sanibel Book Shop on Periwinkle.
It was also just released to DVD in 2007. If this type of read is not your style, at least take the time to look for the individual in the flock (or anywhere you look). It is well worth the look.