The only people who have the right to even think of beginning to attempt to tell you that you can’t do it, are people who’ve done it themselves. Not people who’ve “tried” it. People who’ve done it.
“But they ‘tried’ it”, you say. “They have ‘experience'”, you say. Yeah, they have experience being a whiny little puddle of joy. That’s why they’re sitting around waiting to tell any idiot unfortunate enough to be in earshot that it can’t be done. It may well be that it can’t be done…by them…but you’re not one of them.
Only people who’ve done it have the authority to speak. Everyone else can just smile, STFU and watch you do your thing. And if you fall, they can smile, STFU and clap politely while you get up and keep going.
If Micheal Jordan tells you you suck…take notes. Then go practice some more.
If Joe Blow tells you you suck…walk away, mutter an expletive under your breath or maybe schedule some time later to hurl silent abuses at him in your journal. Then go practice some more.
There is nothing in this world so complicated that it requires you to take the advice of incompetent, impolite and unhelpful people. Start listening to more reliable folk. Listen to the Stuart Jay Rajs 1 and Stephen Krashens and Steve Kaufmans and Moses “LaoShu” McCormicks and John Fotheringhams and Randys and Irishmen and Unclepolyglots and really anyone who’s actually done it. If these experts tell you there’s a problem, take notes. Otherwise…just keep on moving.
It’s a language, folks, not powered flight. Not that big a deal. Humans can go into space, eat 50 hot dogs in one sitting, and climb mountains while blind and/or crippled. You don’t think we can imitate a few sounds and copy out some symbols? Come now…
- How does one even go about pluralizing this? ↩