Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
By Richard Bach
Review by Midia Hadjixenofontos

Every now and then you come across a book that delivers deep life lessons. It is quite rare though for such a book to be written so simply, yet beautifully, as Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

I read Jonathan Livingston Seagull for the first time when I was about thirteen years old. My mother gave it to me and I believe she had her reasons, either conscious or unconscious. Even at that very young age, I characteristically remember the first sparks of this need to fully explore my potential igniting inside me. The courage to love and accept my own diverse self came next and forever set me free.
This is the story of a seagull extraordinaire! Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a passionate advocate of every gull’s right to fly, reaching one’s ultimate freedom through personal challenge and profound self-discovery. It’s a story about a bird who dares to walk the path less walked. A story about a seagull who was ostracised by its own flock because he dared follow his heart and live by his own rules. It’s an inspiring book about our life’s purpose!

“...there’s a reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free!”

I recently found myself reading it again and I must admit, it hit me even harder than it did the first time. It’s amazing how many things one can realise about themselves through the pages of a great book! How many ideas and beliefs we have put on the side simply for the sake of our need to belong. Well, reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull again gave me a new pair of wings.
I love Jonathan because he knows how to love. An outcast of a society that neither accepted his diversity nor his need to find his purpose, he chooses to return to them and teach them everything he learned in his quest. He chooses to unconditionally love the same flock of gulls that turned their back on him, simply for believing he could fly higher and better than any seagull ever had. He chooses to at least try and bring change. Help awaken the gulls who are willing to wake up and show them the way to discovering their life purpose as well.

I highly recommend it to all adults, especially those among us who struggle with accepting their individuality, as well as those who just like Jonathan choose to walk the path less walked. Honestly though, it’s also one of the best books one could give a child they love. Rest assured, that whether you read it to them or they read it by themselves, they have a lot to gain from this timeless spiritual classic and phenomenal bestseller.

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