One thing I love about Casey Neistat is he is a creator that doesn’t let anything stand in his way. He makes a living out of doing amazing things and filming it. I came across Casey’s videos a year ago, and although I had seen his work through the years I never really took a chance to watch his vlogs or other videos until last year when I subscribed to his channel.

When it comes to the channels I subscribe too I can be selective. My main qualifiers for channels are:

  1. Does it educate me in some way?
  2. Does it make me think?
  3. Does it make me laugh?
  4. Does it help me be creative?

All 89 channels I am currently subscribe to answer yes, but for Casey – his channel checks off all four. He talks about life, his struggles and accomplishments. He captures humanity in a way that shows you that the world isn’t as dark as others may make it out being, but when something terrible happens he isn’t one to sugar coat it. Yes, he can be bias about things – but humans are bias creatures and our opinions sometimes slip into places they shouldn’t.

This week Casey’s video hit me in a way his other videos didn’t. His topic was ‘Do What You Can’t’. He talks about how if he listened to all the people that told him he couldn’t move to New York, couldn’t never have a show because of his looks, or be unable to make a living in film because he never went to school that he wouldn’t be where he is now. He did what people told him he couldn’t do and he goes onto talk about others – specifically the YouTube community – who make a living ‘doing what they can’t’.

So, to add to the doing what you can’t conversation that Casey started I want to through my hat in the ring with my story.

Growing up I had a lot of people tell me I couldn’t do things. I had a babysitter tell me that I would never be a strong swimmer which pushed me to getting my life guarding certification and swimming across the lake at my parent’s cottage without assistance one summer. I was told I was never going to last high school by some of my teachers, which not only pushed me to graduate high school with honours but go onto become a Ontario Certified teacher. There were two teachers – I will not name – that told me I would never become a author because there were better writers out there and the competition for publication was too high. Although they aren’t wrong about the second part – which I did get offers from publishers for my work that I chose to turn down – they didn’t know about e-books at the time or that self-publishing would be so popular.

Everyone has been told they can’t do something because of some reason or another in their life but Casey proves that you don’t have to listen. You can choose to listen to those that doubt your strength or you can push through and show those who doubted you what you are capable of. Sure, it won’t be easy. Heck surpassing all the doubters in my life wasn’t easy, but I have something to show for it. I am a strong swimmer. I am smart enough to graduate high school and university. I am skilled enough to publish not one but two books.

So, in the words of Casey Neistat ‘Do What You Can’t’ and show the world who they underestimated.

Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^