THIS ANNOUNCEMENT has been published today in other places, and I think it needs to be published here, too.
My name is Richard Bach. In 1970, after 18 rejections by major publishers, the book about our little friend, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, was finally published.
He startled publishers around the world by simply becoming himself, and flying into the hearts of readers who saw his life as a mirror of their own.
As he strived every day to exceed the best flying he had ever done, his readers found this was true for us, too. When he discovered that he could only do this by loving the principle of flight itself, so we could discover and love the principles that matter for us.
Jonathan didn’t care about food, didn’t care for recognition in the eyes of the Flock, he cared only to learn the secret ways of flying higher, longer, faster than he had flown before.
Sure enough, when we found our way to excel in sports, in the arts, in business, in the technologies of our time, in anything and everything, our own excellence is the joy that we search for, all our lives.
We survived the injuries it took for us to do this, survived the distress of our loved ones, we became different from everyone else because of our attraction to that which we loved.
Even today, Jonathan is changing once more. He came to us in books, in films, in the comments of those who won the races that they cared for.
Now he’s expressed in our latest technology, too. In an application for mobile devices that brings Jonathan to life on our own screen, his story is told again by interactive action. We’re with him as he learns, as he fails, as he struggles, as he survives. Through this application, we can direct him in the altitude and the direction to fly, we can watch him practicing at high speed, at night, and discovering aerobatics.
We can discover how to do what we need to for ourselves, right now, in this lifetime. We hear the important rule Jonathan’s been hearing: “Practice, practice, practice!”
Learning to be the master of any subject, we feel the joy of doing it well, doing it beautifully. In time, our principles won’t need technology. They’ll live in our hearts and we’ll become our own instructors.
There’s nothing that can keep us from being the free souls we’ve yearned to be, from the day of our very first flight.