"I Want To Be In Situations That Scare Me and Bring Me Closer To The Things I Love"

by Ashley Zucker

At age 30, Hayden Peters was told by doctors that he could possibly have a genetic disease that would kill him. The doctors told him to acknowledge “end-of-life” plans and also told him that he shouldn’t have children. It took three, long months of waiting for the tests to come back. 

“I had no idea if I was going to have a long, fruitful life or a short one. It was horrifying.”

This uncertainty caused Peters to change his outlook on life and gain a new perspective- how important it is to truly live life to the fullest vs. just going through the motions. 

“I want to be in places that scare me. I want to be in situations that scare me and bring me closer to the things I love, when I get in the ocean, I am vulnerable. I am at the mercy of the ocean in every single way–and I know that. I give up control on the beach.”

The vastness of the ocean provoked Peters to realize that his problems didn’t seem so colossal compared to the deep waters. The unpredictability of his situation became more manageable and he began to cope. 

“For me it’s like being a guest–a temporary guest. You get to say hello and observe, and maybe learn a thing or two. I see the magic of life. I see the things that are truly meaningful to me. The experience that makes me a human being, that makes me alive.” 

The Coast from NRS Films on Vimeo.


Published 04/30/15