I have always been afraid of bridges. The ones that I seem to encounter were of the type that appeared relics of years past, rusty, decrepit and obviously, unable to uphold my weight or that of the eighteen wheeler that roared past me a few minutes ago. My car, of its own volition would slow down to a crawl or roared ahead as I either froze in place or recklessly sped up to get over and off the bridge before it collapsed.
My heart would be beating so fast, I could feel myself hyperventilating and sometimes I would be almost hysterical. Within my mind, there would be a running video of me swerving and toppling off the side, down into bottomless waves, trapped in a car in which I had nothing to crack the window, so I could free myself. Crazy, don’t you think?
The sad thing is that even once I had reached the safety of the other side, I would still be trying to look back at that bridge, still feeling that fear, even though the “threat” was a threat no more.
Boomer wisdom remembers that there are obstacles in this life that we face that are like the bridges that I was afraid to cross. Those are the challenges we face that there is no getting around them. Grief, sickness, rejection, betrayal, loss… In those instances, one simply has to push yourself forward, one inch at a time. The journey may be terrifying, with thoughts of every calamity that may befall you, all those times you may fall off that bridge into unknown and unchartered waters. What I didn’t tell you, is that in those times that I needed to make it to the other side, I would look up ahead and fix my sights on the car far in front of me. The one that moved steadily on its way to the other side of that scary road. And, as it cleared the bridge onto the next portion of the highway, I felt I could do it too.
Boomer girl encourages you to remember that for every trial this life presents, someone before you has successfully navigated the same road. In those hours and days when you are afraid you can not make it, know that you can. Lean on the support of friends and family to cross over those frightening bridges that threaten to stop your progress. Call on the Rock of Ages, the Great I am. For there is one who has gone before you, who endured rejection and betrayal and loss and grief and pain. And, friends, when you reach the other side, be sure to share the testimonial of how you got over!
Blessings and safe travels to you all!