Richard Bach. Don’t fit in. You aren’t just alive to eat. Boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull’s life is so short, and with these gone from thought, you’ll live a long life indeed. Everything that limits us we have to put aside. Your whole body is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too. The gull who speaks to an outcast is himself an outcast. Freedom is the very nature of being. Whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual, or superstition, or limitation in any form. Understand what you really are and practice it. Why is it that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d just spend a little time practicing? You have to practice and see the real gull, the good in every one of them, and to help them see it in themselves. You need to keep finding yourself, a little more each day. Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.