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Vague Direction People: Bradford Haith [video]

6.45am. Stinson Beach State Park.

Brad is originally from Boston, and as a teenager sold drugs, until he was caught. On the day he was released from the jail that he’d spent the last 10 years in, he had a couple of options. Do something that would land him back inside – like punching someone, or choose a different path away from the place he’d now become comfortable. He chose to literally walk away. He’s been walking for the last 13 years.

“After 10 years, I had 60 dollars and one piece of paper. They dropped me off, right downtown Boston. Thousands of people, I didn’t understand what, who. I was taken care of for 10 years. I didn’t know how to live. I was scared and nervous, because I didn’t know how to react around these people. So, I seen a crossing guard, across the street. And I said, well, if I go and hit this guy, I can go right back home. But inside, my emotions in side me said no, just give it some time.”

Here’s a short film made in collaboration with Brad. Hope you take something away from it and share it with anyone who may be interested.



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23 comments on this post

  1. george foster says:

    what an awesome guy!

  2. Jane.senior says:

    What an inspiration. Amazing energy

  3. Ken Rowan says:

    What a great story. Thanks for showing it. Good luck to you Brad :)

  4. Ken Rowan says:

    You know, the more I think about Rod the more impressed I get. What a journey he’s had. He should really make and publish a record of it or write a book or something. I am damn sure he could get help with sponsorship if he tried. It must be one hell of a story! Can you ask him a few questions please? Is he hooked up at all? Did he stealth camp most of his time? What did he do for finances? Did he find odd jobs along the way? I am really envious of his trip, his balls and his spirit.

    • Dave says:

      Hi Ken,There’s loads more footage (all these videos are just small snippets of material compared to what is actually recorded) which delves into your questions. Stay tuned!

  5. Chris Bradley says:

    Have been following your blog for some time and am in awe. You’re an inspiration, as is Brad. What an amazing and rousing personal story. I hope that his wish to work with youth groups comes to fruition as I’m sure that many would relate brilliantly to his story, his gentle manner and his overcomng of adversity.

    • Dave says:

      Thanks for that Chris. Glad you’re enjoying it. There’s definitely a lot of lessons from Brad’s life that everyone could learn from, so hopefully he’ll get the chance to share his stories with youth groups.

  6. Pat Batteson says:

    Wow – that truely is an amazing story, (and great film making too) Love and peace to you both x

  7. MN Dave says:

    Brad, you turned a tragic situation into a positive and inspiring story. Dave, you recognized that story and presented it beautifully. You both have me asking for more of Brad’s story, and wishing I was as happy and free as he is; living in and loving the biggest house.

  8. krysha says:

    We are enjoying your blog. Need accommodation in Vancouver, Canada? Contact us.
    When do you expect to cross the border and where?

  9. Ade says:

    Looks like he’s had it tough – 10 years inside is crazy – super inspiring getting through all that though – what a dude!!

  10. Jason Barao says:

    Awesome video. This is inspiring Brad.
    Cousin J.

  11. Terri says:

    Brad you have a wonderful spiritual light around you. I feel blessed to have met you and to have heard your story. Stop by when your in Sebastopol again. Blessings..

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  14. Brian says:

    I met Bradford today and enjoyed spending a little time with him in Humboldt country. Travel safe my friend,
    Brian

  15. Brandon says:

    Brad… I met you yesterday in Santa Rosa at a Starbucks. Your story is insightful and inspirational. I have begun sharing your tale with others so that they hopefully can benefit from it in some form or fashion. I pray your gifts and wisdom are heeded by those exposed to your story. I have been substantial impacted by the very brief encounter we had just one day ago. Good luck, be safe, and thank you for sharing your experiences.

  16. Carolyn Simpson says:

    Very living and gentle caring guy who cares about others I’m happy to sit by u Bradford may god bless ur journey always be true to urself the sky is the limit love carol. Put Jesus in all

  17. Justin says:

    Brad , man I am really feeling it , you raised my spirit a bit and if we are not doing that for others what exactly is the point we all have a purpose and god will lead us when we get lost . You reminded me that I don’t fear people at all put positive in get positive out and keep it movin !

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