No you can't have that cookie.
No you can't be a ballerina.
No you can't set off that firework.
And then there are the hidden no's, in the form of shouldn't.
No you shouldn't get a puppy.
No you shouldn't wear your hair like that.
No you shouldn't believe that.
And they are always followed by the worst and weakest of reasons, like: it's too fattening, too hard, too dangerous, too expensive, too silly.
And for far TOO LONG we have quietly agreed. Put back the cookie. Put down the firecracker. Cut our losses and walk away.
But today is different. Because guess what? YOU CAN. If you want to. YOU CAN. So go do it.
They don't know how strong or capable you really are.
(Do you even know?)
It is time to test your limits. Time to know you can. You should. And once you get going, more people understand than not.
So here is a whole slew of gold stars for you, because you CAN!