Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should (except when it does)

So one thing I find myself repeating a lot these days is, “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

I find that often people have a problem with editing their ideas before they act on them. Sometimes these are small things – like the clothes people choose to wear before they go to Wal-Mart. Sometimes these are larger things – like Sarah Palin accepting the VP slot on McCain’s ticket in 2008. Sure, you can wear that super short skirt because you have the confidence, but should you really? Sure, it’s an honor to be asked to run for VP, but should you really?

Oh, but I have more examples:

Sure you can eat McDonald’s everyday – but should you?

Sure you can have your TV on all day long – but should you?

Sure you can text when you drive – but should you?

People get upset when their “freedoms” are taken away, but I think if people would make better choices (for themselves and their neighbors) nobody would want to take those “freedoms” away.

However, sometimes I have found that sometimes you should – just because you can:

Smile at someone in the grocery store while passing in the aisle? Sure!

Go white water rafting? Awesome – do it!

Run a marathon? You absolutely should (as long as you can and you want to).

I mention the last one in particular with my husband in mind, as he will be running his first half-marathon this weekend and a marathon in January. I think it’s so awesome that he’s doing that and I’m so proud of him for sticking with it.

And why is he doing it? Because he can.


  1. Also known as “Why?”. “Why Not?” 🙂
    Thanks for the shout out. I hope to make you and the girls proud!