In 1970, I was in college and everyone was obsessed with a small slim book titled “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach. We read it over and over until we practically had the whole thing memorized.
“The book tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull who is bored with daily squabbles over food. Seized by a passion for flight, he pushes himself and learns everything he can about flying. His increasing unwillingness to conform finally results in his expulsion from the flock. Now an outcast, he continues to learn, becoming increasingly pleased with his abilities while leading a peaceful and happy life.”
“Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a simple story with a profound message. The message is that we can all be so much more than we believe, or are given to believe. That God – or fortune, if you wish – is on the side of the bold, the adventurous and the free in spirit.”
In 1973, a film version of the book came out, narrated by Richard Harris and soundtrack by Neil Diamond. In my opinion, the song “Be” is the best one from the album. I use to ice skate to this song and listening to it now makes me feel as if I’m gliding on the ice once again.