Any Is Possible

Chris - Fort Collins, Colorado
Entered on November 5, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

This I Believe

I believe that anything is possible if somebody is trying. I think that if we didn’t try new things, our society would no longer advance. If we stopped trying then how would anything get done on earth. If someone didn’t try to create the alphabet then we might not speak and write the way we do. Or if Edison didn’t invent the light bulb, we may still be using candles. When people give up or stop trying they are a weight on the world. If you need something done, nobody is going to do it for you. Instead of waiting for someone to do it for you, just do it yourself. That gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride. For instance, if I want to invent an aircraft that doesn’t need fuel and just shoots into the sky and lands where it needs to, then that’s great. But I need to start it. If I never start on the idea then it will never happen. But if I do try, then I can do it and I can make that airplane.

People say it’s impossible to do many things. But I say if there’s somebody trying then it can be done. People say we can’t time travel. But what about the great philosophers of our time that say if we have mastered going forward in time than why can’t we also accomplish going backwards on the timeline? People said that you can’t breathe under water. But somebody thought about it and came up with the submarine and the self contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) and he tried and he was successful at breathing underwater. And how about when President John F. Kennedy decided to put a man on the moon. That was the most outrageous thing people had heard, but we did it in the early 1960s. We put Neil Armstrong on the moon and achieved the impossible. Even I have stomped on the thought of impossibility by doing what others say I can’t. For example, I heard someone say that it is impossible to water ski on your first try, but I tried and I was slalom water skiing on my first shot. And it was my dad who inspired me to get on that ski even in the cold waters of Colorado.

There are a lot of negatives in the world as we know it today, lots of “can’t” and “no”. I think that these words shouldn’t even be in the human language. Every day we all here the frustration of the word “can’t”. We hear things like “oh, I cant figure this out” or “I can’t find my shoes”. But really we can. Do we eventually find our shoes, yes we do find them. We hear things like “I couldn’t” and “I won’t”. These words are not right. They are all used in frustration and hate and anger, and no one likes to see someone like that or be that someone. I believe in having a positive outlook on things because nothing can be accomplished if the people trying it are negative.

So to conclude my beliefs, I just want to say that if something seems impossible, go ahead and try it. That’s what will make us progress in our world. I urge people never to give up and to keep trying to do the impossible. It is my belief that anything is possible if you are willing to try!