I came across this video from the New York Times some time ago and it struck a chord with me. It’s about a neurologist who gave up his practice and does nothing more than rollerblade up and down the Pacific Beach boardwalk in San Diego. He just lives with the bare essentials. I have no idea what it was in the story that really appealed to me. Was it the idea of getting away from life? Was it the freedom to do what you want? Maybe it was just living simply and being in tuned with yourself and the rhythm of life. It’s probably all of the above.
Maybe I can just sell everything and move to a small town somewhere. Or a small cottage up north. But I can’t even start a fire or chop wood or fix anything. Or maybe I could just travel and live out of a backpack. It would have to be a big backpack (laptop, my big honking dslr, chargers, lenses plus clothes and stuff, wok, rice cooker…)
Then I remember it’s not that simple to walk away from life. I still need some type of income. I don’t have his income and certainly couldn’t afford a house on the coast. Some people look at that ex doctor and say what a waste of talent. What do you think?
Here’s the background of the video from the film maker Josh Izenberg.