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Belief is the ONE thing. Anything starts with a belief. Believe, really believe you can do something and nothing will stand in the way of achieving it.
The Grand Trianon, Versailles
The first time I visited Versailles I was probably 14 or 15 years old. I remember how the immensity of the structures deeply impressed me, who, at that age, the furthest I had gone was in and out the small museums of Southern Italy…
Going to Versailles feels like traveling in time. The town is quiet. The most important thing you will notice is how widespread the streets are, with a few markets here and there; “is there still anything royal left?” You will think to yourself.
But then you see it from afar. The people around it. Around the Chateau. It was one Sunday morning of early June. And that is the very center of activity of the small town of Versailles, at least to this day, where everyone is standing in line, maybe for hours, just to get a glimpse of what once was.
Of the royal way of life, the heavy rooms, the clean windows, the brimming light. They want to breathe the same air of the kings.
Of all that was and will never be.
The one thing I recommend doing when in Versailles, maybe even more than the Chateau, is walking the streets and getting to the center, with its cafés and bars. It’s calm, but you can sense that great things were happening there in a faraway past.
Another thing I recommend doing is to pay a visit to the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon. They’re less crowded than the Chateau, and you really get to be “intimate” with the kings. The first one was built by Louis XIV for him to enjoy with his maitresse, the Marquise de Montespan, in the XVII century, while the second one was given to a 19-year old Marie-Antoinette for her personal enjoyment, whenever she felt like escaping the dense, non-stop activity of the Chateau.
And all these stories got me thinking how anything in life starts with a belief. Yes, these people had inherited power but they obviously had one thing in common: the BELIEF they could. The belief in themselves, in the system, in their vision.
Imagine what you can create if you simply believe in something. It’s so powerful…
To get what you want in life is to believe you can.
Yes, you can live like a king if you believe that enough…