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Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

Sometimes, you just have to acknowledge that you are different from the rest of the flock. Jonathan, an irrepressible seagull, decides to follow that instinct, and it leads him to discover supernatural powers within himself that amaze his friends and set him apart from the crowd. But he quickly learns that independence from social norms can carry a high price. His newfound powers excite fear and jealousy in the others. Eventually he is cast out of the flock. But trusting his inner voice, he learns that even his ostracism has its hidden blessings. Jonathan learns that being true to your inner nature leads one to a fuller understanding and love of others.

Viewing Suggestion:

Notice how Jonathan gains his own identity and a new perspective on life when he differentiates himself from his flock and takes flight into the unknown.

Ask Yourself:

- Do you sometimes experience low self-esteem because you feel different from people around you?
- Do you remember a – possibly exceptional - situation in which you actually liked being different or received positive feedback for it?
- Could you consider accepting yourself like Jonathan in the movie found self-acceptance?
- How would increased self-acceptance serve you?