The Challenge: Down. We spend a lot of time looking ahead, looking from left to right before we cross the street, looking into the sky for Superman, but not a lot of time looking down. What do you see?
This is a photo I took while in Los Diques, Costa Rica in January 2010.
This bridge is no longer in the Diques. When it was, it ran from one shantytown area to another, over a river. This was the main way into the city for many who lived on the other side. It also held a water pipe, adding to the balance challenge of crossing the bridge.
When I have had the chance to witness people walking across, I observed that none of them looked down. I got courageous enough to step out just a bit on it to see what it was like. The bridge was uneven, swinging with every move. There was no security, no guarantee that I would be safe getting across. One wrong step and we are covered in the muddy water. I couldn’t help but look down as I took my few steps. How do they do this? I wondered. How do they not look down? How do they not worry about falling through?
Isn’t that a lot like life?