Stuff. We all have an abundance of things that we don’t need, right? I’m pretty sure everyone reading this falls into that category. As we fulfill these artificial needs for a better TV, a newer car, a bigger house… what is the real cost?
One of the big motivators for us to move onto the boat and take off on this adventure was to shed Stuff, and to get off the wheel of acquisition. To shed the what made our lives busy with things that seemed urgent, but weren’t really important at all in the grand scheme. To find a way to live a little more simply, with more time together as a family, and a lighter tread on the earth. To live by our values instead of just hoping to “someday.”
In the year leading up to our departure, we connected with a filmmaker, Joel Christian McEwen, who is inspired along similar lines. Joel was making a documentary about the crisis of the American dream: when did it change from the freedom and opportunity to build a good life, to the business of acquiring more and more *stuff*? Remember that bumper sticker… “He who dies with the most toys, wins.” How did our society get there?
Joel has gathered the stories of people who are opting out of the assumed path we march down to acquire. One of those stories is ours. There’s a 16 minute promotional cut you can watch here, or checkout the film’s website- http://www.americandreamthemovie.us. Out here in the land of minimal bandwidth and poor access to the internet, we haven’t been able to see it all yet (this is killing me!)- but take a peek for us, and share what you think.
Film is a powerful vehicle for transformation. I believe deeply in Joel’s message, and would love to see the power of his work help effect social change. The film, hopefully, will be released this year- but Joel is still looking for funding to get it completed and bring to the public. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in sponsorship or investing (they can also take tax-deductable donations), drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filming in our Bainbridge Island house, January 2008