Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

A friend of mine told me about this book Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. The book has just 3 parts ( around 39 pages) and its all about a seagull jonathan livingston who is different from the other gulls. He loves to fly not just to find food but to learn what all he can do in the air. Its about not following the same daily routine as the other gulls would do but to do something that he wants to. In his efforts to learn flying he was outcasted from the community. But still he would continue doing the same and then one fine day he finds himself in another world. Here he learns many new things and ultimately he comes back to the flock that had outcasted him. He comes back only to teach the other gulls that also wanted to learn flying. I am not going to talk about everything in detail….but I would definitely recommend that everyone has to read it.

The book basically tells us that everybody can do everything provided we don’t give up hope and trust ourselves. Its about not just doing what everyone else does ( I would call it a herd mentality), but rather do something that we really want to. We should listen to ourselves more often..and that said I don’t mean we have to be selfish….. what I mean is to do what our inner mind wants us to do but not just to satisfy our selfish needs. One more thing that this book tries to tell us is that there is nothing like attaining perfection… there is always so much to learn in this world.

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