Those who know me, know my heart for Paris, and all the love I have for this city. I don't know how to explain it, but it makes me vibrate! So having the opportunity to learn about the history of the Eiffel Tower through a film is what literally pushed me to go and see it just 10 hours after I found out it was coming out.
Not being a big history buff, it's true that I never bothered to do my research on the history of the Eiffel Tower. And although the film doesn't detail everything, it does tell us about its history and especially the history of the man who built it, Gustave Eiffel.
The film was nicely scripted, I enjoyed discovering the origin of the tower, to see how its project started, especially when we know its fame today. And that's where the idea of writing this article came from.
For the record, Gustave Eiffel was not the one who had the idea to build this tower or even the idea of its design, but he was the one who realized it. And you have to know that when he presented this project, many people were perplexed and did not believe in it. And even when he was given permission to build the tower, he was told that he would only be given funding once the first floor of the tower was built. Personally, I translate this as "we don't believe in your project but we will support you when we see the fruits of it". Therefore, until the first floor of the tower was built, the construction was financed by Gustave Eiffel himself.
What impressed and inspired me enormously was that Gustave Eiffel didn't stop at the words and opinions of people who told him that this project was crazy and would not succeed; he gave everything until this tower stood up and was inaugurated on 31 March 1889, to the acclamations of the people... But that's not all, after my extensive research, I learned that a few years after its inauguration, the tower's success waned and tourism declined, so that it was planned to be demolished, but Gustave Eiffel put things in place to restore its interest and to keep it standing.
All this leads me to note that today, Gustave Eiffel is no more, but the tower is, it bears his name, is the symbol of a whole nation, is known throughout the world and continues to attract thousands, millions of tourists. All this, despite the fact that no one believed in his "crazy" project.
The lesson I learned from this, which I would like to share with you, is this:
No matter what people say about the vision you carry, no matter how "crazy" it may be, no matter how discouraging it may be, and no matter how hard and heavy it may be to carry, don't let it go. Don't let other people's opinions determine whether or not it will be fulfilled, but trust in the One who gave it to you. Hold on and persevere; you have no idea what its fulfilment will bring.
I hope I have encouraged you,