Any true fans of the show Lost will remember John Locke's famous line "don't tell me what I can't do". Granted he did attempt some things that were at a minimum eyebrow raising but the idea of making your own destiny was not lost on me. John's sentiment resonated with me because I have set out on numerous ventures in my life where people told me in one form or another that I would fail. Sometimes they have been right on the surface but I've still grown from the experiences. Other times I have succeeded against the odds to much amazement.
A few weeks ago I had considered buying an old RV this older gentleman wanted $7800 for. It was bigger than I wanted, older than I wanted and to top it off he was a flagrant racist so I decided to go in another direction. He called me a couple days ago to see if I was still interested and when I conveyed my plan to live out of a van instead he said "you can't do that!" I wanted to recite John's line to him adding "you racist bastard" at the end but instead just thanked him for calling and ended the conversation. The RV owner isn't the only one to tell me I'm crazy, in fact someone echoes that sentiment every few days it seems but I really don't care. If you want to be truly happy, you have to pursue life how you see it in your mind. Sometimes you will find the naysayers were right but at a minimum you will be left with experience and probably some good stories. If you don't give up, and push through the failures you will eventually be rewarded with a fulfilling life that is everything you dreamed of. I know the negativity can pile up and weigh you down but you can always John Locke juke them with a loud "don't tell me what I can't do"