So, I saw this documentary not too long ago. Craigslist Joe is about the eponymous Joe, a man who decides to live completely off of Craigslist for a whole month. Everything, from food to shelter to entertainment, must come from Craigslist. And so, starting out in California, he makes this journey across America (twice!) living off of the kindness and generosity of his fellow human beings. As you can probably imagine, this journey is not an easy one. The troubles that come up during Joe’s travels are very real, like not knowing where you are going to spend the night or not having food to eat.
Joe offers to do odd jobs around the house in exchange for a place to stay, and indiscriminately gets involved in new experiences like partaking in a crystal healing session, and visiting a tutoring centre for impoverished children. Some of these experiences are incredibly touching. For example, one of the tutors at the tutoring centre is a young Iraqi man. He invites Joe to his home to have dinner with his family, and they have this really cool conversation comparing the family’s relationship with America to their relationship with their home country, and how their lives have changed since 9-11.
There is so much fodder for inspiration in this documentary, whether it be from how genuinely kind and compassionate your fellow human beings can be (like how there are people who will invite a complete stranger into their home to feed and shelter them, tell them their stories, and give them the gift of their time), or how if you are itching for adventure and new experiences, all you need to do is put yourself out there and the adventure will come.
He meets all sorts of interesting people including fellow travellers, a guy trying to start his own fitness biz, a super sweet dominatrix, a cancer survivor and hoarder. I loved seeing how Joe’s adventure had affected him: how moved he was by all the people he met, “the stories they shared, and the connections they made” and the gaining the knowledge “that we can take care of each other”.
I’m definitely not a risk taker by any stretch of the imagination but it was lovely to see situations in which, when you do put yourself out there, you don’t have to experience those situations from a place of fear, but from a place of hope and trust. I definitely recommend you giving this doc a shot if you’re looking for something uplifting and sweet to brighten up your day.