How many times have you heard that phrase in your life? Probably more often than you should. Sometimes the phrase “That’s impossible” wins. You begin to agree and the dream you were chasing, the goal you were reaching for, the boundary you wanted to push become unattainable not because you suddenly lost the ability but because you became your own barrier. Instead of believing in yourself and your “impossible” ideas, you believe what others say. You see difficulties and stumbling blocks and eventually give up.
However, sometimes “That’s impossible” loses. There are people who don’t believe in “impossible”. They see it as a challenge – just another hurdle. They see difficulties and stumbling blocks as opportunities to think outside the box and puzzles to solve. They begin to transform the phrase and turn the naysayers into YEA!-sayers.
I try to tell my son this all the time – that impossible is just a word. He has difficulty understanding that sometimes – after all he is only twelve now. As an added bonus, my son, Isaiah, is Autistic, Asperger’s to be more specific. He sometimes comes home thinking that it will be impossible for him to fit in with his peers. I remind him that he will eventually find what he is looking for – people who share his likes, his dreams. I tell him to be himself and give people time and space.
I tell Isaiah about the bumblebee and that according to science, and people who are supposed to know, the bumblebee should not be able to fly. I tell him the bumblebee doesn’t know it isn’t suppose to fly. It simply does what it was born to do. It flies.
I tell Isaiah the story of Joss Whedon and Firefly. I tell him that people once told Whedon and the other members of Firefly that their show was cancelled and would never be anything more. I tell him that Whedon didn’t believe in “never” or “impossible” and because of Whedon’s perseverance and the belief of many fans (and Alan Tudyk’s “miracle” button to call everyone back) we got the movie Serenity. It was an impossible task, but Whedon simply did what he was born to do – create and overcome.
Isaiah will go to his first convention this year – a Wizard World Comic Con in San Antonio. I am hoping this experience will show him in a very concrete way that there are many people who share his interests. We will get to listen to Alan Tudyk and talk shop with other successful people who might have been just a little different in middle school and high school. I’m hoping that he will understand that you shouldn’t believe impossible and he just do what he was born to do.
I plan on sharing more “impossible” scenarios with Isaiah and you to remind us all that the only difference between Impossible and Possible is “I’m” and space.