I'm afraid of heights, VERY afraid of heights. And just the thought of driving over a bridge, gives me the shakes. I can do it, I have done it, but I need complete silence in the car and I'm usually terrified, and holding my breath until I get to the other side. One would probably wonder why, since I'm so frightened, I wouldn't just avoid bridges and find an alternate route?
Well, a long time ago, I realized that bridges serve a purpose. They are generally built to be an less difficult course than the ground route. It may rise above a body of water, train tracks, or more traffic. Usually, it's a gradual ascent and a gentle slope back down to ground level.
Not only are there traffic bridges, there are bridges in life, easy ways to get you from one place to another. As in traffic, you aren't always forced to take a bridge--there are alternative routes that will get you to the same destination. But the bridge trail is usually the easiest way.
Bridges and other obstacles sometimes appear in our paths on purpose, not coincidence or accidental. Many times we are being tested, to see what course we will take. Some of us(pointing at myself), simply refuse to take the effortless path--rather than a gradual ascent, I seem to like steep risings. Here's my question--why don't I need complete silence during those high altitude, parachute-less drops that follow?