Back during my schooldays, I used to be a lawn tennis player which meant that all holidays were spent camping out at the courts right from daybreak. During this time the court attracts a lot of newbies from all age groups. Among them, the kids section always comes in as a combo-pack with its own customized cluster of over-excited parents who expect to see their sons/daughters turn prodigies within the year (which is quite understandable :P).
One of those kids was a cute, chubby, 8-year-old chap called Sahil. Now Sahil’s father was a die-hard fan of the tennis legend John McEnroe and was determined that his kid be left-handed like him as well. Sahil being right-handed found it extremely difficult to cope up and predictably started to nurture an intense dislike for the game itself. When our coach cited this problem to his father, it was simply over-ruled by the age-old saying;
Nothing is impossible.
Well, today that kid is 17 years old and he is a star footballer in his school – which goes to prove that he had the aptitude for sports but missed his chance with lawn tennis where he would’ve stood a much better chance at making it big. But football being a game of eleven offers him very meek chances of making it big and therefore he is all set to get into a regular B.Com. or B.Sc. next year.
Well the conclusion? If anything, our dear old Mr. Nothing-Is-Impossible had achieved an impossibility in the chance that the boy might, under any circumstances, actually enjoy tennis.
Now why is impossibility considered impossible? Is it not a self-contradictory theory by itself?