A Running Start
This was my favorite quote from Richard Bach's 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' ...
"Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight—how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly."
I was 15 going on 16 when I first read that book. The story resonated with me so much. I identified with the feeling of being different and was inspired by Jonathan because he went after his passion despite what others might think.
That book fanned my own flames of desire to follow my own and very “different from others” path in life. So when I watch seagulls I feel a kinship and it takes me back to a wonderful time in my life when I first began to understand myself and to carve out my own place in the world …
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