Tomorrow marks one week back in Canada. I really love Canada and I love Canadians. Every day I think about how grateful I am to have been born and raised here. Most everyone (I know) is kind, considerate, educated, and conscious of their health and of the environment. But there's a problem, and it only presents itself sometimes, in subtle ways.
I've noticed that, more often than not, if you tell even the most well-intentioned Canadian about a life plan, a business idea, a crazy adventure — anything that is out of the safe norm — they are likely to respond (kindly) with at best a sense of uneasiness and at worst with a list of generic complaints along the lines of, "this kind of thing is too hard/risky and you shouldn't even bother trying." Their response is immediate and almost pre-programed, a result of some kind of cultural conditioning that must exist here.
If you tell the same story to someone in San Francisco or New York City (both cities where I've lived and worked), you're likely to get a reply that goes something like this: "Dude, that's awesome." And they might even continue on to say, "I know this person and this person who are doing/have done something similar and this person might be interested in collaborating with you or maybe even hiring you."
Those people from SF or NYC might be bullshiting. They might really be thinking, "yeah right, dumbass." But who cares what they think. What matters is what they say and how they act and how they help.
And, no, it doesn't have to be all candy-coated sunshine and rainbows. Someone can say, "Hey, I don't think that's going to work — and here's why." But don't be wishy-washy, don't be uneasy, don't tell me to shy away from trying or even dreaming.