I guess a cameraphone isn’t the best way to capture a fast walk over the harbour bridge in the early evening, but it’s the best I have available. I get a few strange looks for typing and walking, but most people are too caught up in their own walk to notice.
The walk from milson’s point to the rocks, if you keep a fast-ish pace, takes 15 minutes. Not a bad time investment – you get some exercise, and you can soak up the beauty of the city – it looks even better if you walk with your significant other along.
An amazing view is up for grabs, but few people look left or right. Most keep walking, eyes forward.
Walking across a body of water puts me in mind of one of Jesus’ miracles: going one better than Moses, who parted the red sea, Jesus just stepped out and walked across. Peter – in one of the gospel accounts – calls out to Jesus, and asks to be allowed to walk out to meet him. Peter does fine, until he takes his eyes off Jesus and looks off to one side.
Is that why people look straight ahead on the bridge? Fear?
Are they too busy? Isn’t it better to spend the time contemplating, or at least appreciating the moment, than worrying about what awaits on the other end of the bridge?
Maybe even thanking God that the bridge is there would be a better use of time. Looking out at the city – a reminder of the many material things that Sydney-siders take for granted; I think I might try praying the next time I cross the bridge.
How about you? Do you look straight ahead on bridges, or take in the scenery?