I, for one, am not of this opinion.
Go Get Your Palace
I love the movie Cool Runnings. I’m not saying it should have won an Oscar. I just really like it.
It’s a movie about the audacity of dreams. About the conviction that the words IS, OUGHT, and COULD are not the same. About belief, the kind that leads to action.
This idea is perhaps embodied best by the character Yul Brenner. Yul Brenner is a tough guy. He has a few anger issues and wants to live a different life than the one he’s always known.
With that in mind, check out this short scene:
Here’s the text version if you can’t watch the video:
Yul Brenner: Say whatever it is that you want… ’cause you’re just like every other fool on the island. You’re going nowhere, Sanka, and you’re thrilled to death about it. But you see me? You see me? I’m different, ’cause I know exactly… where I’m going… and after l, Yul Brenner, win the Olympics and become famous… I’m going to leave the island… and live right down there.
[Pulls out picture of Buckingham Palace]
Sanka Coffie: [laughing]
Yul Brenner: What are you laughing about? – What are you laughing about?
Sanka Coffie: That’s Buckingham Palace. You plan on living there, you’re going to have to marry the Queen.
Junior Bevill: Yul, that’s where the Queen of England lives.
Sanka Coffie: Face it, Yul Brenner- You can start calling yourself Madonna… but you’re still going to end up in an outhouse shanty like every other dock-working nobody.
Junior Bevill: Mm, says who?
Sanka Coffie: Says me, rich boy. What do you know about it?
Junior Bevill: Well, I know my father started off in a one-room hut. – Now he lives in one of the biggest homes in Kingston.
Sanka Coffie: Well, he ain’t your father.
Junior Bevill: He doesn’t have to be. All he has to do is know what he wants and work hard for it. And if he wants it bad enough, he’ll get it. Look, believe me, Sanka… the more Yul Brenners we got making it in this world… the better off this world will be, especially for Jamaicans. Go ahead, Yul Brenner. Go get your palace.
Though I love the character of Sanka, in this case I side with Junior.
If you’re dream is a mansion, then I say go and get it. But before you do, you must consider this:
Make sure you’re actually going to live in it.