inspiration: philippe petit's 1974 high-wire act
IAM REMINDED AT THIS ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 of something else: of Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire act that temporarily connected the two now-fallen towers of the World Trade Center in defiance of fear, and maybe even sanity. Petit (and especially his book “To Reach the Clouds”) is one of my inspirations whenever I am feeling stuck.
He is also someone I quoted in my book “And I Shall Have Some Peace There;” someone I re-read and re-read to keep things moving forward, because he says things like this:
“Whenever other worlds invite us, whenever we are balancing on the boundaries of our limited human condition, that’s where life starts, that’s where you start feeling yourself living.” And this: “It’s impossible….but I’ll do it.”