A story. Yup. That’s all it is. Minus the adjectives.
Life-changing, memorable, and most influential; unforgettable and really thoroughly awesome. Of course it would only be self-flattering to say any such thing on themselves.
It is about a seagull with the name of Jonathan Livingston. I could go about telling you the whole story, considering its just a 100 pages long. But if I told you, it’d entirely spoil it. It is one of those timeless classics, which is already 3 decades old, but will never really be out of meaning.
In essence, the most important point I received out of it, is that one should do something for the joy of it, and not plainly for the end result of it. If we study (my analogy), we should study because we find a thrill in the process of learning. Not because we want to get marks, and get a job, and die just another useless person. And it adequately faces the point which people often contest such a statement with: one can’t live out of the fun one gets by working. And like I knew, it nicely tells you that one can. There is really no need to look for money, in life, but a perpetual search for something we really want to do. Results shall come by themselves – and they are bound to better than others if what we do, is with a passion for it.
I won’t only say this is a book you must read, I’ll add that you should do this after buying one for yourself. And it’d be silly if you get “intimidated” by the fact that the Rs. 200 tag seems a bit ludicrous for such a tiny book. It is worth way more – way way more. And another reason you must buy it, is so you can read it like a hundred times every year at least, so finally you end up living a life you want to live, rather a life you’re living just for surviving.