There are some people on this world that refuse to leave before sticking their footprint into our lives, they aim for higher and higher, and never reach a place where they’ll think it’s enough, there is always a little more, characters with ambitions and dreams they can’t go without, turning their back to what we call reality and gaze into the eyes of the impossible, those are the characters who fed our souls to aspire, to dream, to hope and to live. I love reading about such people, I love to see the harsh obstacles they had to go through, and I love to understand how they made their trophy of a life we are so scared to experience.
And today I’m stopping by on one hell of a character, a man called John Roebling, a creative engineer, was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island, but everybody and all experts thought that this was impossible and a very crazy idea, and they told him to forget about it, it’s not practical and it had never been done before, but Roebling couldn’t ignore the image of the bridge in his head, and he believed that it could be done, so he convinced his son Washington to work this dream with him.
The project was going well, until a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling, while Washington was injured and left with certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to walk, to talk or even to move.
Everyone had a negative comment for them, “we told them so”, “crazy men and their crazy dreams”, it’s foolish to chase wild visions”, but Washington was never discouraged, he had an idea and all he had to do is to move one finger, he touched his wife’s arm, indicating to her what he want, so the crew got back to work again.
For 13 years Washington tapped the instruction with his finger to his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s invincible spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances.
Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, we seem to believe that our dreams get far away, but even the most distant dreams can be realized with determination and consistence.