the truth about arched bridges

A couple of weeks ago I was running down the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington and came upon this arched bridge.   It got me thinking. 

If you stand on one side of the bridge and try to look across, you have no idea what might be on the other side.  It doesn’t matter how much you wonder or think about it, the only way you’ll find out what lies across is by starting to walk over it.  

Life is kind of like that. You might think you know what would happen if you took a certain action, but really, you don’t.  

Too many times in life, we just look and wonder. Some people start dreaming. Others think. Then worry. Then doubt. Then we turn around and start telling ourselves we made the right call. Which probably, we did not.  I mean, we have no clue really. 

If you want to find out what’s across the bridge, you need to start walking across it. 

Once you’re half way across the bridge, you’ll have a much better idea of what you’ll encounter on the other side. 

Now you have two choices.

Turn around or keep going. 

That’s one more choice than if you never take that first step across.

Who wouldn’t want two choices instead of one?



  1. Tania Damha July 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Great story Mario! And I love bridges too 🙂

  2. Mario Schulzke July 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks Tania. Hope you’re enjoying your summer.