Necessity and Simplicity: The Hermit at Sea

Green Renaissance – http://www.greenrenaissance.co.za/ – categorised this under “Necessity and Simplicity”
twentyeight
“A short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap. David’s ability to live just with what he needs is an inspiring disposition. In some aspects of our lives, we can all apply necessity and simplicity. Sometimes we’re surprised by how much we need it.”
http://www.greenrenaissance.co.za/blog/necessity-and-simplicity
28 feet
“In today’s culture, success is intrinsically linked with busyness. Stress is equated with status, material objects a sign of purpose. Yet, when I get caught up in my own personal neuroses, biting my fingernails to nubs over all the stuff I have to do, I often harbor a secret little fantasy: what if I just stopped? What if I quit…ditched all my stuff and jetted off to the Caribbean. It’d be just sand, cerulean waters, and my wife by my side. Wouldn’t that be easier? Wouldn’t my life be better?
Well, director Kevin A. Fraser has captured my impulsive, Kerouacian wish in documentary form with Twenty Eight Feet—a profile of David Welsford, a young man who exited the grind in search of paradise. He found it in the form of an old sailboat.
This is a simple film, with a simple message: go out and live life…do what makes you happy. Yeah, it’s a maxim we’ve heard time and time again, but how often do we see people actually do it? It’s one thing to like a generic motivational post on facebook, quite another to abandon comfort and convention and live on the sea. To use a cliché, over the film’s entrancing 8 minutes, we watch as Welsford “lives the dream.” Essentially, Twenty Eight Feet is adult wish fulfillment—proof that “crazy” is possible (and potentially life-affirming).”
http://www.shortoftheweek.com/2014/05/20/twenty-eight-feet/
28feet
For David’s website: http://www.twentyeightfeet.com/

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