I’ve never been incredible at one thing. I’ve split my skills like a hunk of wood into many different pieces, but put together, they make a blazing fire. Maybe I am good at one thing, it just happens to be the culmination of many things, and it happens to be the pursuit of greatness, wholeness and truth. But from what I’ve found, everyone does not agree upon these things, there are plethora of things that taint truth. This has been my biggest war in life, the thing I’ve wanted to understand but can’t. So, I’ve dedicated my life to figuring out what that means, at least for my family and myself. This is what I do. This is what Johnny and I do. We are constantly asking questions and pursuing whatever seems to be the most beneficial to the world at large but we also pursue ourselves. This is key because without that piece we can never fully accomplish what we are here to do, and that is being true, honest, raw, intentional, caring, giving…the list goes on. The world is broken, it happened a long time ago but it seems to get worse the more people we have crammed together. We live in a volatile generation with lack of health, happiness and peace. Our brains have grown so smart that they have forgotten limits, and now we digress. It is our goal to revisit these limits, explore simplicity and sustainability, not because we are weirdos, as some like to label us, but because we want deep connection in life. We don’t want to live by a strip mall and breathe in car fumes for the rest of our days, we don’t want a 9-5 office job or one vacation a year. We want tradition, nature and community infused in our life everyday and we want to be free from degenerative disease. We want freedom in its purest form. We’ve found that corporations, money and power rule the world at the expense of the world. People don’t like to face the facts because the facts suck. They are the worst. It feels hopeless, I know, but I want to imagine that with enough people moving back into simplicity, away from consumerism and greed, that we could support our earth rather than ravaging it. People say to me, “we’re going to die anyway, what is the point?” It’s true, and this usually comes from the people who benefit the most from corporate society. We all say we care about those who are suffering or impoverished in our own country, but we can’t fully care without facing the facts. Society benefits some at the expense of others. The most important thing I believe we could do is feed ourselves. This is why we want to buy land so badly. Whoever controls food, controls the world, and right now, in this county, that is Monsanto/Our government. The American diet is 80% CORN & SOY, brought to you by our tax dollars. So this is what we are fed, and this is why we are degenerating, why disease is wiping us out slowly. I’ve never been incredible at one thing because I see that been self-reliant is the ultimate. To work hard, grow/raise nutrient dense food, play music, write poetry, create beauty, live with intention, all in ways that benefit those around me. The American life is a parasite. We must break free from this system if we are to live in a life giving way. And that is what I want to be incredible at.
Bailey Patrice & Jonathan David