I got my first copy of Seagull as a gift when I was seventeen years old...it was given to me by an individual that I later ended up marrying and also divorcing. The book touched my heart in a way that no other book had done it before.
I felt I was Jonathan, I was lost in my own world, feeling very depressed and had no motivation to live. The book helped me understand that solitude is a gift and being different is also a gift. I am now 55 years old, I have bought many copies and given them away as gifts. Recently, I bought the new version with the new found chapter. I enjoyed reading the new chapter and I cried as the young teenager who was once lost and was now found. I will forever cherish Jonathan Livingston Seagull, he gave me hope and inspiration.