How many times have we been told at some point in our lives, “You can’t do that!”? Like most children, I often responded with, “Why not?”
As children, the “Why Not?” mantra is so prevalent that the infamous “because I said so” reply gradually transforms into “because that’s the way it is” or “it can’t be done” and many of us forget to keep asking.
But think where we would be without this question. Neil Armstrong would never have walked on the moon. We might still believe the world was flat. Humanity as we know it would not exist.
So, I’ve been using “Why Not?” more frequently in my vocabulary. I find it empowering. The simple phrase revives me, stimulates my creativity, and taps into my inner child. It reminds me of a time when I did believe anything was possible. The more I say it to myself and others, the more I realize anything is still possible.
In this “Why Not?” vein, I did several things I’ve never done before in the past few days:
- While riding in the car with a friend, I inexplicably started imitating the trumpet/horn with my lips. It was invigorating! My friend soon chimed in and before we knew it, we were creating alittle symphony in busy city traffic. It is almost impossible to take yourself too seriously when doing that, and it is so much fun!
- Got on a plane that arrived in Milwaukee and departed from O’Hare. In the course of the weekend, my friend and I managed to eat out-of this-world Nepalese food in Madison, play the game of LIFE at 3 in the morning, drive through much of Wisconsin and Michigan, see Lake Superior, walk through the Porcupine Mountain State Park, and see brilliant waterfalls. We experienced 3 States in 52 hours, ate amazing food in local towns, and met some great people along the way.
Where has the “Why Not” question taken you?