This is the question that Mariel Hemingway and Bobby Williams ask on their website that introduces their co-authored book called Running With Nature. They recognize the importance of eating and drinking healthfully, watching sunrises and sunsets, trusting our intuition, playing, and being involved in activities that nourish us body, mind and spirit.
Renaissance woman Mariel Hemingway is not only an iconic Academy Award nominated actor from a celebrated family (she is the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway), she is a prolific author, adventurist, eco activist, healthy lifestyle advocate, entrepreneur, much sought after speaker, slake line walker, and a devoted mother.
Bobby Williams is a nutrition expert, world-class adventure-athlete, stuntman, actor and practicing intuitive healer, with deep ties to the earth’s world of traditional medicine as well as the raw food movement. He has been in the world of health and wellness for twenty-five years and his beliefs are simplicity and nature.
Although they come from divergent childhood experiences; Mariel’s was fraught with chaos and crises, mental health challenges and addiction among her family members and Bobby’s was more stable and consistent, they have beautifully blended their lives.
As my most recent guests on It’s All About Relationships, they shared about the development of their own interpersonal interaction. When they met on a hike months after Bobby was encouraged to connect with her, they found instantaneous ‘recognition’. Mariel shared that “It was like coming home.” Together 5 years now, he expressed that “There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t laugh 20 times a day. Mariel didn’t have a childhood and now we are 6 years old, teenagers, we make it into our 20’s and barely into our 30’s and then back to 6.” She helps to provide him direction as he gives her grounding. They combine their lifestyles and attitudes for the benefit of themselves and the planet.
“There is always a shining light or silver lining in whatever you do,” according to Mariel who has been through the dark night of the soul and feared that she would “wake up crazy,” like her family and so she “ran from crazy,” used nature to heal herself and made a documentary that she called Running From Crazy which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was executive produced by Oprah.
As Bobby described his previously solo lifestyle; he had driven cross country 87 times and most of those trips were done on his own. Now he embraces partnership.
Although they are both in the 5th decade of their lives, they appear far younger. By following the guidelines they share in the book, they are truly living the dream. They are active participants in life rather than being spectators and encourage others to do that as well. He and Mariel have a backyard playground into which the neighborhood kids come, thinking it is a public park. Their workouts are what I call ‘playouts’. She laughs “It’s Bobby’s dreamland.” Slack lines, gymnastic equipment, climbing walls grace the place. I would love to visit and play too. Much of the interview, Bobby spent soaking up Cali based Vitamin D while I was here soaking up Philly rain.
Both are examples of heart-forward living and notice that when “You start to take care of you, the family follows suit and there’s no effort involved.” The ripples spread outward and encompass the world.
They endeavor to have what by many people’s standards is an ‘alternative lifestyle’, including, at one time, Bobby’s family who felt he didn’t ‘live in the real world.’ His parents have since come around to seeing that what he and Mariel are doing IS ‘living a real life’.
“When you shift consciousness and change from the way you think you have to be,” you do feel younger. They recommended www.lumosity.com to offer a retraining of the brain for this 54 year old whose mind spins 100 miles an hour and whose memory retrieval leaves something to be desired.
Their greatest intention for the book is to “inspire people to find out what makes them work; and to know you’re already great and amazing,” and “To inspire people to write the book about their own life.”
Listen to my interview with Mariel Hemingway and Bobby Williams here