Last Sunday, the San Francisco Bay Area celebrated the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. Both the Golden Gate and the Bridge that spans it have been very influential in my life. I moved to the Bay Area when I was 18 and seeing that grand opening left me with an indescribable feeling of awe and wonder. My first feeling of landing in the Bay Area, of really arriving and knowing I’d found a new home came from sitting on a cliff west of the bridge, looking at its structure and the wildness of the landscape around it, and eating my first Gordo’s burrito. More recently, I released my first ebook, Between The Bridge and the Water: Death, Rebirth, and Creative Awakening, which is all about the allure of Golden Gate and the Golden Gate Bridge around the themes of life, death, and creativity.
I feel grateful to look out at that magnificent bridge on almost a daily basis. It has been a driving force of inspiration in my own creativity and my development as a creativity expert.
In celebration of its unparalleled beauty, I leave you all with a link to some amazing photos gathered by the The Atlantic, in a piece, “The Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75”. They write:
Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of the opening of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Before 1937, the city’s growth was hampered by a reliance on ferry traffic. The 8,981 ft (2,737 m) suspension bridge changed that, creating a link between San Francisco to Marin County. Its construction was completed under budget, but at the cost of 11 workers’ lives. Collected here are images from the building of this iconic bridge, as well as scenes from its 75 years of service and from Sunday’s celebration.
Please take some time to look at the photos and celebrate all that has gone into this magnificent structure. The prolific creativity of the Bay Area is indebted to those behind the design and construction of Golden Gate Bridge.