Chasing the Impossible

Impossible: not able to occur, exist, or be done.

I think the word “impossible” gets a bad rap. Consistently playing the role of adversary, it carries many meanings. To some it’s a red light, relaying man’s definition of all that cannot be accomplished. To others, it’s vilified, deemed an untruth, and disregarded. I have always felt that its true meaning is much less hostile. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s a concept that invites progress, extending the hand that pulls us towards our greatest ambitions.

My proof begins with the examining of our world as a whole and the relativity that holds it together. Without context, it is extremely difficult to allocate value to anything. We know a room to be dark only because we have seen it in the light and, because of this, have something to compare the darkness to. Through this context, we are able to paint a picture, tell a story, and generate an understanding of the world around us.

When something is deemed impossible, it is not because it never will be done, but simply because it has yet to occur. The discrepancy between one day and the next is often vast, and this contrast is what makes progress so incredible. Reality is relative. Time is relative. Possible is relative.

The odds of me completing a sub four-minute mile today are extremely unlikely. My body is not conditioned for such a task, leading one to conclude, for all intents and purposes, that this occurrence would be impossible. The great news, though, is that all significant accomplishments are sprung from the seeds of improbability. One “possible” is derived from the culmination of a trillion “impossibles,” gradually evolving and progressing inch by inch, day-by-day.

I wake up every morning with the goal of creating something that the world has yet to see. I want to explore places currently undiscovered and leave a mark unlike any other before it. Some may see my goals from a distance and perceive them to be impossible. I would have to smile and agree. If they were possible, I wouldn’t be wasting my time.

By Eddie Pinero @yourworldwithin