Embracing Vulnerability in The Coast

January 15 2015

The Coast from NRS Films on Vimeo.
Whether we're conscious of it or not, many of us strive to avoid being vulnerable at every juncture in our day-to-day lives. But what if we stopped trying so hard to dodge discomfort? What if we embraced being vulnerable? What if we accepted the inevitable unknowns of our own lives? 

This is precisely what Hayden Peters did when faced with a diagnosis from his doctor that a genetic disease might end his life prematurely. In the face of three months of waiting for medical test results to give him the answer to how long he'd live, he left the bustle of the city to live amid the waves of the coast, where he found solace in the unknown. 

“I realize that the amount of time that I live is pretty much irrelevant. The time spent on the ocean gave me an opportunity to learn about something that I feel like is greater than me," Hayden says. 

The Coast, directed by Skip Arm­strong of Wazee Motion Pic­tures in col­lab­o­ra­tion with NRS, shows us into a life on the cusp of change. It shows us one human's admirable response to vulnerability, and reminds us, in just under seven minutes, what it means to really live our lives, no matter what.