Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Tell Me A Story | August 2019

I have been spending a bit of time on the lake shores this summer photographing the wildlife that dwells there.  The seagull is a constant presence on these excursions.  Seeing them always brings a story to mind…

Jonathan Livingston Seagull was written in 1970 by Richard Bach.  I remember reading this story as a young girl, and my love for the seagull came about.  This is a story for people who follow their dreams and make their own rules; a story that has inspired people for decades.

For most seagulls, life consists simply of eating and surviving. Flying is just a means of finding food. However, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird. For him, flying is life itself. Against the conventions of seagull society, he seeks to find a higher purpose and become the best at doing what he loves.

This is a fable about the importance of making the most of our lives, even if our goals run contrary to the norms of our flock, tribe or neighbourhood. Through the metaphor of flight, Jonathan’s story shows us that, if we follow our dreams, we too can soar.

I think we could all use a little insight and advice from Jonathan…





Each month I join a group of photographers to tell a story…
Tell Me A Story is a blog circle.  Please continue the blog circle by stopping in to see what Sharleen has to share for August.

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