BY: DANIEL WATERBORNE
Stephan Shay is a runner and Olympic hopeful. Shay has a comparatively invisible ecological footprint than the average American. He is frugal, so he enjoys more financial freedom that many. But to many people, upon seeing Shay lumber down camper steps to some beachfront parking lot in broad daylight, he seems to be just some dude with a slightly patchy beard who is irresponsibly and irrationally living out of a 1966 Cortez.
But Shay doesn’t subscribe to definitions of responsibility that revolve around self-induced burdens like McMansion mortgage payments or shoveling your driveway or tiresomely racing to keep up with the Joneses to prevent slipping back into the imaginary suburban shadow of socio-economic inferiority. To Stephen Shay, what’s truly irresponsible and irrational is squandering life for stuff.