Life on a tightrope

"It's impossible, that's sure. So let's start working". I would not expect a different attitude from a man who walked on a tightrope between the 2 towers of the World Trade Center. What an unbelievable feat, what an incredible story.

Philippe Petit defied reason. When asked why he did it, he answered with a smile on his face "There is no why". He knew he had to do it.

He defied logic. When inquired about the risks he said "If I die, what a beautiful death!" 

He challenged the lizard brain, personal beliefs and the status quo: "To me, it's really so simple, that life should be lived on the edge. You have to exercise rebellion. To refuse to tape yourself to the rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge. Then you will live your life on the tightrope."

Man on Wire is ultimately a story of passion. Passion that needs no reason to exist and does not ask for permission. Passion that blinds, excites, takes over and touches the soul. It is also a story about belief. He believed in the mission even though it sounded crazy.

Passion combined with belief in the mission can only result in extraordinary feats and that's exactly what this man did.