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Do what you can’t – Casey Neistat

Do what you can’t – Casey Neistat

Yesterday a well-known internet celebrity called Casey Neistat released a video called “Do what you can’t”

What he essentially asks you to do is to challenge yourself.

Taking into account how popular he is; most of you might have watched it already.
If not; here.

There’s a reason why I am writing about this.
This website will complete a year in about one month.

Since that day, I have made religious efforts in working on new things. New projects. Learning other art forms. Starting something new. And I have been doing this for a year now.
Consistently, if not continuously.

The point is not to smear this on your face. And if it feels like that; consider it as one of those birthday cake that your friends/family smear. It is a friendly gesture. I want to grow. And I genuinely want people in my circle to grow. And this is a very selfish intent.

The more you learn; the higher the chances are of collaboration. And higher the success rate. Whose? Ours.

Let me justify that a little later.
Focus on what the gist of the video is.

There’s this quote from Pursuit of Happyness that fits perfectly.

You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.

 You might have met A LOT of people who told you that you can’t possibly do it.
10 months ago when I tried my hand at spoken word poetry for the first time; I sucked. BIG TIME. It was an Open Mic and I was a little humiliated. But thanks to this one quality that I have (shamelessness); I thought of giving it another try. But at that very instance, I felt like shit. I thought maybe I should stick to just writing poems and not perform them.

3 weeks ago I started a YouTube Channel. I’ll be uploading videos of my performances there. I’ve posted one video already. Here it is.

While I may have subtly promoted my video; the point I am trying to make is this:

The way I am performing in this video is way too better than my first performance.
I can still improve.
But I have been improving.

Now, coming back to the collaboration argument.

If there’s one thing that I have learnt during my stints at performing and organizing events; it is this: Everyone has one thing that they are passionate about and one thing that they excel at.

They work on in. And grow. They challenge themselves. Set targets. Consciously sometimes, subconsciously otherwise.

Collaborate with them. You know who wins? EVERYONE.

 

And, let’s face it; I am not saying anything new.

You know that practice makes you better.
You know that persistence is the key.

All you need to do is start.
So stop giving excuses.

DO WHAT YOU CAN’T.

P.S.

I consider myself as a multipotentialite; don’t know what that means? This TED Talk will help.
I am thinking of taking a challenge where I’ll try to learn a new thing every month.
Do what I think I can’t.

Want in?
Tell me in comments; we’ll figure something out. Let’s make this fun!

Nahi Chalta

Nahi Chalta

I cannot explain how important Gender Equality seems to me.

That’s right. I started with cannot.
I remember some English professor telling me that never start a speech or something you want to address to people with a negation.

But I did.
You know why?

Because negation appeals to us.
Let’s face it. As much as we want happiness; we feed on cynicism.

We want to do something about something.
But it’s too much work.

This is not a rant. I don’t want it to be that. But I don’t know if it will end up being that or not.

I have a sister. We’re twins.
I come from a family where gender equality has been a given.

Listen, I am not stating that everything is perfect.
I am saying that it is a little better.

Don’t believe for a second that we didn’t have restrictions.
But it was for both of us.

Maybe that’s why I cringe every time I see acts on the lines of sexism and gender bias.

I remember having this conversation last night while we were having dinner.
Kapil Sharma’s show was on the TV.
He must’ve passed a sexist comment maybe.

And as always,as if in perfect sync,
I squinted my eyes,tilted my head, pursed my lips and my teeth… they pressed against each other like long lost lovers.

I am sorry for dramatizing that whole thing. default setting that.

Yes, I am trying to make a point.

The problem is that gender bias has delved deep into our skins.
And as much as it hurts us, we have managed to make peace with it.

Heh. we’ve made peace with it. such an irony.
You know why I am saying that.

This chalta hai attitude is killing us.
You know what?

“Nahi Chalta”


Consider this as a preface. Over the month I will try talk on some topics which I think are important to be discussed. Let’s talk about them. But let’s not stop there.

There’s a fundraiser that has been started by me.
You all might be aware that Global Citizen India is giving free tickets to the Global Citizen Festival for someone who raises 50K in 30 days for the fundraiser.

Let me tell you, I am not doing this for the tickets. I won them already.
This is about addressing a larger, ongoing issue.

I would appreciate if you can go to my fundraiser at donate.
I donated 200 bucks.
Start small. But start.

Gender Equality is a Necessity. Help me raise fund

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