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Wiltonian Justin Hawk and his Boston University roommate Jeremie Go successfully completed their Boston and Back venture project, a month-long road trip across the United States, on June 20.
From Boston, the duo embarked on their trip on May 13. Driving more than 12,500 miles, they were able to hit all 48 contiguous states.
“The trip was inspired by a thirst to create a project that combined visuals and travel,” said Hawk, a 2013 Wilton High School graduate.
“Originally, my roommate Jeremie and I began with the goal of producing a documentary that focused on the stories of people. We developed this idea into Boston and Back.”
Hawk said they wanted to share the opinions and ideas of people across the United States and felt a 48-state road trip was the best way to do that.
“We met fascinating people along the way and took photographs and videos of the amazingly diverse American landscape,” he said.
“A major focus of the project was happiness, and we asked people we met along the way their opinions on the subject and for tips about how to live a more fulfilled life.”
Hawk said many people mentioned the need for freedom and control of one’s own life.
“Another popular opinion was the importance of doing what makes you happy in life and not letting other people tell you what you can or can’t do,” he said.
Hawk said the most unusual answer came from a traveling monk in Seattle named Ananda, who described “a deer that secretes a scent from a sack underneath its neck [and] spends its entire life trying to figure out where this beautiful scent comes from, but is never able to discover its source.”
“The deer eventually dies not knowing where the scent came from. The monk compared this deer to a person’s pursuit of happiness,” he said.
“We spend our entire lives seeking happiness, often through material, short-lived means, yet what we often are looking for is actually within us.”