Three years ago, I stepped onto a plane to New Zealand for what I thought would be a six-month surf trip. This trip was supposed to satisfy the travel bug while also giving me a little bit of time to evade the “what are you doing with your life” question. Escaping to the opposite side of the world seemed like a good place to hide. I needed some time to clear all the noise that had been ringing in my ears, put there by a society who had already sacrificed their own “why” for this same question.
I would not be one of them.
So the next six months were spent exploring a country unknown, meeting strange and friendly faces, surfing as much as possible, and running; I was always running.
However, it seemed that no matter how far I ran, I could never entirely evade that ultimate question’s probing sting.
Six months turned into a few years and I began to finally realize something. The question isn’t “what are you doing with your life?” The question is “How are you living your life?”
You, Lost Girl — with many small talents but who is a master of none — have so much to give to this world, even if it’s just showing up every day with that infectious smile on your face. You may never have a “good” answer to that question society seems so fixated on and that is ok.
I created this short film as a tribute to New Zealand and to celebrate one girl’s attempt at pursuing curiosity and creating a life which is uniquely her own.