You Can Do Anything; Except That

 

I would never tell you that you can’t do something.

Anything.

Because you know what? We live in the future. Absolutely anything is possible.

It’s not a matter of if, it’s how.

That’s how awesome we are as a species. Go team!

That being said, there are things that CAN’T be. Not in an absolute sense. These things COULD be, but they shouldn’t to a level that if they were to be, the consequences would be so astronomically bad that no sane person could ever make themselves move forward with the steps that would lead to it.

Nuclear war is a good example of this. What kind of crazy person could possibly think that nuclear war would be a good idea? At what point should we just laugh at our country’s posturing when it comes to nuke-related threats?

“You didn’t do what I wanted, so I’m going to end that world. That’ll show you.”

Give me a break.

This kind of situation isn’t always on such a large scale.

The decision to aim for mediocrity, for example, is a death-sentence for any person with ambitions. It doesn’t matter how you arrive at this decision or what kind of justifications you’re throwing around as to why you stopped trying; the moment you stop striving is the moment you nuke your life.

Sure, there’s a chance you can come back from something like that, but think of the fallout. It takes generations for things like that to wear off.

So that’s it. You’re human so you CAN do anything. You could detonate the planet or napalm your dreams, but you can’t. You won’t. Because you have immense power at your fingertips and all you have to do is use it for something positive.

Just be careful where you point it when you pull the trigger.

19 comments

  1. “…the moment you stop striving is the moment you nuke your life.”

    Well said, Colin. My thoughts EXACTLY.

  2. “…the moment you stop striving is the moment you nuke your life.”

    Well said, Colin. My thoughts EXACTLY.

  3. So many people ‘nuke their lives’ from the very beginning… being told they can’t do something, or to be reasonable, or to be normal and go to school, get a job, etc.

    But what if that isn’t the right path for you? You find yourself living that mediocre life if you don’t switch things up and quickly.

    Never give up on your dreams, peeps.

  4. So many people ‘nuke their lives’ from the very beginning… being told they can’t do something, or to be reasonable, or to be normal and go to school, get a job, etc.

    But what if that isn’t the right path for you? You find yourself living that mediocre life if you don’t switch things up and quickly.

    Never give up on your dreams, peeps.

  5. “That being said, there are things that CAN’T be.”

    Haha… That statement reminded me of something a friend of mine told me just today. Our exams are viva exams and we are given three attempts to pass it. There was this group of first year Nigerian students who were protesting in the dean’s office because their student pastor who’s also studying here failed the FOURTH attempt and they were saying “We believe in miracles. Anything is possible.” while the dean and rector are shaking their heads and saying that they cannot bend the rules.

    Perhaps if you studied harder, hmmm? :P

  6. “That being said, there are things that CAN’T be.”

    Haha… That statement reminded me of something a friend of mine told me just today. Our exams are viva exams and we are given three attempts to pass it. There was this group of first year Nigerian students who were protesting in the dean’s office because their student pastor who’s also studying here failed the FOURTH attempt and they were saying “We believe in miracles. Anything is possible.” while the dean and rector are shaking their heads and saying that they cannot bend the rules.

    Perhaps if you studied harder, hmmm? :P

  7. Very much agree, I just noticed that you write your blogs much differently than other people I read… I really dig it actually :) They are short, sweet and to the point… almost in poetry format! But you are right, I’ve been figuring out that more and more that I need to realize I can really do anything, just gotta DO it :)

  8. Very much agree, I just noticed that you write your blogs much differently than other people I read… I really dig it actually :) They are short, sweet and to the point… almost in poetry format! But you are right, I’ve been figuring out that more and more that I need to realize I can really do anything, just gotta DO it :)

  9. You know how I feel about this kind of advice :P It usually works only for people that don’t need to hear it.

    Of course YOU can do anything, bro ;)

  10. You know how I feel about this kind of advice :P It usually works only for people that don’t need to hear it.

    Of course YOU can do anything, bro ;)

  11. Very interesting. It is true, we can do everything we want. I guess we have the ultimate power. We can create as much as we want or also destroy everything we want.

    I guess it is deep within ourselves that creating feels better. It is a personal choose to go and do something to create life, and by life I don’t mean like having a baby (although that is positive too). We create life in every bit of our work, be it art or a great structure or a piece of code. We just need to understand that we have that power.

    I’m really enjoying this month, a lot of your thoughts are flowing and that sparks a lot of good ideas in us.

  12. Very interesting. It is true, we can do everything we want. I guess we have the ultimate power. We can create as much as we want or also destroy everything we want.

    I guess it is deep within ourselves that creating feels better. It is a personal choose to go and do something to create life, and by life I don’t mean like having a baby (although that is positive too). We create life in every bit of our work, be it art or a great structure or a piece of code. We just need to understand that we have that power.

    I’m really enjoying this month, a lot of your thoughts are flowing and that sparks a lot of good ideas in us.

  13. I love the composition and wording of this post, bro! Well done, well said, well thought. Of course, I already knew that, but I like the way you put it.

    You’ve been quite inspired this month, and I am enjoying your posts immensely. I think its been some of your best work to date.

  14. I love the composition and wording of this post, bro! Well done, well said, well thought. Of course, I already knew that, but I like the way you put it.

    You’ve been quite inspired this month, and I am enjoying your posts immensely. I think its been some of your best work to date.

  15. Hi Colin
    Saw you on the tube today. You made the host look irrelevant and disconnected from reality. I started my travels early in the seventies, you should check out Laos next time you are in that part of the world.
    Chris

  16. Hi Colin
    Saw you on the tube today. You made the host look irrelevant and disconnected from reality. I started my travels early in the seventies, you should check out Laos next time you are in that part of the world.
    Chris

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  18. I like your view on mediocrity and that it is in fact a decision. I feel if your aren’t ever failing than you aren’t trying hard enough and probably setting your aspirations too low. That to me is a decision to be mediocre.

  19. I like your view on mediocrity and that it is in fact a decision. I feel if your aren’t ever failing than you aren’t trying hard enough and probably setting your aspirations too low. That to me is a decision to be mediocre.

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