There is a secret neighborhood treat in the Hillcrest Area of San Diego. This part of the city is one of the ten best neighborhoods in the nation and the adventures never end there. I was curious about the bridge.
I walked the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge twice. Every detail of the experience is etched in my brain. Coming directly from work I was already disoriented and tired and at first I thought I might not enjoy the bridge but I found energy in the crossing.
The bridge was built in 1912 in a very exclusive neighborhood in San Diego. It is a simple way to cross one of the many canyons that circle this great city. As soon as I stepped on the bridge I was entranced with the view of the canyon. Eucalyptus trees sway in the breeze and you look down on a little rocky creek that is dry. There is a quaint house on the creek that seems very secluded and many houses cling to the cliff and there are walkways down to the bottom.
I hung on tight. I went very slow taking in all the vertigo feelings. My friend Alice fell from a distance about this high many years ago and somehow she says that gives her lots of bravery on this bridge. Most people were brave, even a little girl in a fairy skirt who marched unafraid across the bridge followed by her mom. I was afraid for her. That was just my problem tho.
Aren't we all walking on a suspension bridge all the time? Don't you feel like things could snap and you could be flung out into space at a moment's notice? I do. I was glad to hang on to the railing but really it didn't help. There is nothing you can do but go with the sway of the bridge and have some trust that you will be alright. If it hasn't sprung off into space since 1912 then you are probably safe. It has been cared for and restored for the enjoyment of the neighborhood.
Do you want the assurance that if you get married, have two kids and live in the suburbs you will be happy? Are we so afraid of the sway of our human passions that we have to have rules so that we don't hurt each other? Maybe we do. Maybe we need some faith that things are being cared for and restored as time goes on. I am proud that I could walk this bridge and I was glad that most people enjoyed it. Humans are brave and resilient. We will be fine.