Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Bridge

The notorious Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. I used to call it the Full House bridge when I was little. You might recognize it from various movies, or perhaps you have even driven or walked across it. I would always look at it in awe, and admire it's complete golden awesomeness. ( I still think it is more of an orange color ).  As of a few days ago, I have a whole new perspective of it.

The other day I watched a film called The Bridge. Here is the trailer.

You can find the whole film on Hulu here.

I still can't get the images of this film out of my head. There is no way to really explain the feeling of watching the last moments of someone's life. One minute they are alive, and dead the next. You want so badly to help them but the deed has already been done. My heart aches for these people who took their lives and how horrible they must of felt to see death as being the best option.

One of the most powerful moments of the film is when they interviewed a guy who survived the leap. He talked about how he hurdled himself off over the railing but then as soon as his hands left the metal he thought. "I don't want to die." Well, he was lucky enough to survive. But it makes you wonder if other people think the same thing on their way down.

This film is definitely gut wrenching, but it makes me feel so thankful for what I have. I know I am not alone. I may feel alone sometimes but I know it's not permanent and that I have people who love me and watch out for me. It makes me thankful that I am alive and makes me want to live life to the fullest. I just want to enjoy life. I want to jump for joy and use bridges strictly for getting to one place to the next. Whether it be a physical bridge I am crossing to travel, or a bridge in life taking me from one stage to the next. I am along for the ride.


  1. I will have to check this movie out. Thanks so much for sharing it with us :) I hope things are going well and you are feeling better.

  2. When I heard about this movie, I was so scared that when I was visiting the Golden Gate Bridge 2 Octobers ago, I would witness something like this. Thankfully, I didn't.

  3. I have walked across the Golden Gate a number of times and marveled at the beauty of the bay and the San Francisco skyline. I cannot imagine jumping off that bridge. so sad that people use bridges in that way, instead of to cross to the other side and a new life.

  4. My husband's Mom actually witnessed a suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge back in the 70's. They guy in the car in front of her just stopped in the middle of the bridge, got out of the car and jumped over the railing. No hesitation.

  5. I only picture you wanting the experience of "running" across the bridge...probably a taste of heaven for you! :o)

  6. I watched the movie online and it left be back feeling sad, disturbed, moved, shocked, unbelieving.