Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Me

“We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!”

Looking form the cliff Jonathan was a seagull just like all the others.
Seeing what is beyond the feathers, for the reasons beyond understanding, Jonathan mind was different.
Jonathan did not ask for it. Simply he was more curious, brave and instead flying to get food and back, he spent time thinking about the what is there yet to be discovered.

He was not afraid of making mistakes. He did not mind being hungry, or tired, or in danger. He was after this feeling of being accomplished and complete. That of course did not fit into the mind of mass thinking of seagulls living like the clones.

Jonathan was sad because of that. He deeply cared about all of the seagulls but he could not fight the mind of flock. Looking at the same thing, where Jonathan have seen the opportunity the others have seen disadvantage. Where Jonathan have seen a chance for something different the others have seen a challenge to the establishment.

But here it the thing… Jonathan was independent. He did not need approval for anything. Nor was he conditioning anything. He was doing thing on his own. No establishment, no government, is in favor of free and independent thinking.

Wonderful thing has happened when Fletcher joined Jonathan. Same as Jonathan, Fletcher was outcast from his own flock. Fletcher becomes Jonathan’s student and at the same time they become friends. After Jonathan’s departure Fletcher continues the same path. “Don’t be harsh on them, Fletcher Seagull. ln casting you out, the other gulls have only hurt themselves, and one day they will know this, and one day they will see what you see. Forgive them, and help them to understand.”

So, you can only imagine how I feel about those two Seagulls. And when I got the message signed by Fletcher I know about, I knew that I have this kind of unbreakable bond between us. For the lifetime I was recognized as Jonathan. But the truth is I was as much as Jonathan as much I was Fletcher. In a way they have completed each other. Same way I had my soulmate flying along by me.

That is what I love about them. They have chosen each other. They cared for each other. And they cared about all the seagulls. The only way to make all seagulls better was for them to join, to learn from each other, to keep the legacy alive and to pass it to whoever is willing to dare. Unconditionally, without asking for anything in return.

What I want to leave you with is this. When you find your Fletcher, or Jonathan, commit to it, surrender to it. It will be worthwhile. Care for it, do not let it go, do not break the wings of your chosen one.

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding.”