THE BARTER ECONOMY FASCINATES ME. I think it’s a practical solution to a lot of problems, but I’m not sure I’d be able to live off of it for over fifteen years. I guess that’s why I admire Heidemarie Schwermer so much — at 69, she’s been able to live without spending or receiving money, for over fifteen years. She lives by a “zero waste” policy, where she trades clothing and goods for the things she needs, and is able to live a minimalist, nomadic life by doing odd jobs, or housekeeping, in exchange for room and board.

Schwermer leads a simple life, and she feels better about herself because of it. I guess if you have nothing to lose, and everything to give, you can’t get that upset. Check out more about her film and lifestyle here.