Monday, 3 August 2009

Achieving the Impossible

Last night I watched the amazing documentary called Man on Wire that someone had recommended a while back. It's about how Philippe Petit performed an illegal tightrope walk between the Twin Towers.

I thought it was amazing how, as a teenager, while Philippe was waiting at a dentist's reception, he noticed an article in a newspaper about the Twin Towers. Even though the Twin Towers were only at the design state (idea) and took ages for them to be built, Philippe had already caught the bug. It took him a few years to plan and prepare for that walk.

It seems to me like Philippe's future self at the Twin Towers had brought the article to his attention and was encouraging him to follow his dreams. He ended up attracting friends who would help him achieve that dream. Even though they didn't share his self-belief, at least they did support him.

There's no way he could have achieved what he did if he had followed the rules. He and his friends had to come up with some creative ways to get inside of that building.

I thought it was amazing after Philippe had performed the first walk and the police tried to grab him, he kept running back and forth between the towers. Man, Philippe was on another realm! Tthe police officer couldn't help being in awe at what Philippe had achieved.

I also loved when they asked Philippe why he'd done what he did he said, "There is no why!"

Thank you, Philippe, for reminding me that when you believe in the impossible, you can achieve the impossible.


Related articles: It's Magic!; Whose Policy is it Anyway?; Playing By Your Own Rules - Revisited; Believing in the Impossible; The Importance of Self-Belief; My Kind of Guy; My Past, Present and Future Self; Why am I?

See also "Metro" interview with Philippe Petit: Living Life on the High Wire