Insight behind a snapshot from our travels.
Crossing over a bridge in Yekaterinburg, Russia we came across dozens of locks affixed to the bridge, each representing a couple’s undying love. It is a symbol we’ve seen in various countries, but something about this day made me slow down and take notice. Each lock includes the name of a couple and represents a public proclamation of their enduring love for each other.
Myths and legends abound as to how this tradition was started. However the one I love took place in Siberia, which just so happened to be where we were at the time. A local schoolmistress named Nada, fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. After they committed to each other Relja went to war in Greece where he fell in love with a local woman. Subsequently, Relja broke off their engagement. Nada never recovered from that devastating blow, and died soon thereafter from a broken heart. As a result young girls from the area, wanting to protect their own loves, began writing their names, together with the name of their loved one, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet.
Like love, we assume that our dreams will always be there for us to chase and that “some day” we will go after them. We hold them tightly to our chest never taking the actions necessary to see them blossom into the life we envision. We are so sure that time will always be on our side to see our passions manifest into the life we envision.
Instead of hope and delay, proclaim your passion and make it happen.