The Being of a Nation
"How do you want to BE in this world?"
Interviews from 48 states
In 2017 Kïrsten Blake of Chapter BE, along with her dog, Harriet Ethel, the brave and beloved BE mascot, traveled to all 48 continental United States and asked 380 strangers: “How do you want to BE in this world?”
Kïrsten and Harriet drove a total of 15,887 miles over the course of 90 days, July 15 through October 16, and stayed with family, friends, and friends-of-friends along the way. Beginning the trip in Santa Fe, NM and ending in Denver, CO, Chapter BE’s approach was simple – scope the city and crowdsource the best places to set up. Then, throw open the back doors of Beatrice, the BE Mobile, and invite strangers in to talk.
The Being of a Nation collected stories of courage, curiosity, empathy, love, positivity, and so much more. Stories are how people connect with one another, with their environment, and with themselves. Chapter BE wants to share these stories of BEing from across the nation with the aim to inspire individuals to share their story as well as connect to someone else’s BE story.
Below you will find stories of BEing from different individuals across our country. As you listen to these stories, note that these are raw, on-the-street interviews that capture the storyteller’s environment – general background noise, animals, cars, others passing by. Close your eyes and picture their environment as you listen in…
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Charleston, West Virginia
“I just want to be free. I want to be uninhibited. I want to not worry about what people think anymore. That's all I've done. I've had so much anxiety and just stress and being depressed for years, since high school. I just never lived for me.”
Rochester, New York
“I think that sometimes you just have to do it. You have to take that doubt and just take that step anyway.”
“A lot of the process of adventuring is the journey, and that starts when you are at home. It's when you are doing the research or you are dreaming new dreams or preparing yourself in every way possible for what's upcoming either through the day or the month or the year.”
“I think it's important to be okay with taking risks. I think a lot of people get sucked into, 'Well, I can't afford travel'...because people think they have to go on these expensive travel groups, which isn't necessarily true. I think it's important to find a good travel buddy, so that way you can see what is going on in various countries, but you don't necessarily have to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars in order to be able to reach those goals.”
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