Making the Impossible, Possible
Recently, my family took a two-week break to visit California. We spent a day touring around the San Francisco area. We soaked in the sunshine, took pictures, and enjoyed soft Gelato ice-cream. Best of all, the beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge captivated my sentiments once more.
The Golden Impossible Feat
The Golden Gate Bridge represents a marriage between human ingenuity and natural magnificence. At the gate entrance, a huge banner captures a headline that reads, “Making the Impossible, Possible…”
2013 marks the 76th anniversary to the bridge that exemplifies engineering and construction marvel. However, in the early 1900’s, experts concluded that the Golden Gate Bridge would be impossible to build due to a few detrimental factors: the winds were too strong, the water was too deep, and the distance of 1.26 miles was too long.
The Mighty Task is Done
Yet, after less than five years of construction, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge, which spans the Golden Gate Strait and connects San Francisco and Marin County became a reality. On its opening day in 1937, the San Francisco Chronicle refer to the Golden Gate Bridge as a thirty-five million dollar steel harp. Ever since its inception, the Bridge’s stunning architecture not only stands as an important landmark on the West coast of the United States, it’s a symbol of bravery, creativity and tenacity.
Without the breakthrough in technological know-how in blasting rocks 65 feet below the water to plant earthquake-proof foundation, persevering through frequent storms and fogs, and the courageous endeavour involving huge physical risks, the obstacles would have been insurmountable. It was reported that 11 men died during construction of the Bridge.
Paying the Price
Have you ever felt discouraged because it seems impossible to succeed on what you want to accomplish? Much like swimming against mighty current propelled by harsh wind blowing from all directions.
The answer of making the impossible, possible lies in the poem written by the chief engineer Joseph Strauss upon completion of the building of the Bridge in May 1937.
The Mighty Task is Done
At last the mighty task is done;
Launched midst a thousand hopes and fears,
Damned by a thousand hostile sneers,
Yet ne’er its course was stayed,
But ask of those who met the foe
Who stood alone when faith was low,
Ask them the price they paid.
Ask of the steel, each strut and wire,
Ask of the searching, purging fire,
That marked their natal hour;
Ask of the mind, the hand, the heart,
Ask of each single, stalwart part,
What gave it force and power.
Consider the controversies, the determinations, the financial investments, the cost of human lives, and the perseverance of the geniuses. The story of the Golden Gate Bridge inspires me to dream new dreams, stay on the course, and produce results by putting in consistent hard work.
My short vacation was both rejuvenating and invigorating. What a meaningful trip with much fond memories!
Have you been inspired by places you’ve visited during your recent travels?
What stories motivate you to break through barriers?