Earlier this month vlogger and media superstar, Casey Neistat, published a video titled "Do What You Can't" to his youtube channel. The video is dedicated to the underdogs, the go-getters, the new generation of media makers. Although it's centered around creators, the message itself is inspiring nonetheless. It can apply to anyone who's ever been told no, told they can't do something, told they will never become something. But what does it mean to be something?
Everyone has different goals in mind, a specific vision of who they want to be or who they feel they need to be. Each choice we make daily, each thing we say or do, defines who we are and builds who we become. Eventually, all these choices, even the small ones, lead us to our goal. And sometimes we start off without a goal in mind, not really knowing where we're going, and that's ok. In the world we live in, being something has to do with public or viral recognition. Many confuse success with fame or money, the same goes with happiness. From what I've observed, it's not who you know or who knows you, it's who you are.
During World War II, a woman named Lyudmila Pavlichenko went from a simple university student to one of the most dangerous snipers in the world. When the Soviet Union was invaded Lyudmila was one of the first volunteers at recruiting. She was told, "but you'll get your fingers dirty", "this isn't your job", but she challenged her doubters. She didn't go into the army expecting to achieve anything, she just knew that there as an opportunity to use her skills in front of her, and she took it. At the end of the war, Pavlicheko had accumulated 309 kills. She knew it wasn't going to be easy, she knew there would be many cases of adversity ahead of her, but she did her job anyways. Because of who Lyudmila Pavlicheko was, who she had become, she was able to accomplish so much. Not all of us are going to put our lives on the line or receive worldwide recognition for our accomplishments, and that doesn't really matter. What matters is what we do with who we are, how we handle our lives.
I've been lucky enough to be blessed with a good family and surrounded by loving people and role models. Despite what looks like a perfect life on the outside, I've been through some challenges that have taught me to look people in the eye and say "I dare you to doubt me." I've been told by coaches, teachers, classmates and various other people, including the father I thought was good, that I will never be enough. Instead of getting down on myself I worked to become better, I didn't always prove them wrong but I learned and grew. There will be countless people telling me no, telling me I can't do something, but now I know that they're wrong.
So do what you can't, break down those walls, prove people wrong, face every challenge with a smirk on your face and a twinkle in your eye. What are you waiting for?
There's nothing stopping you.
There's nothing stopping you.