Slomo: “Do What You Want”

Many thanks to a friend of mine who recently shared with me this short (16 min) 2014 documentary about a physician, named Dr. John Kitchin, who is known as “Slomo” along San Diego’s Pacific Beach.  He was once a successful neurologist who chose to leave his profession and escape the trappings of material wealth to spend his days doing what he wants to, which in his case, is rollerblading.   It is an interesting documentary that touches on subjects, such as FIRE and minimalism, as discussed by dr. moneyblog and Loonie Doctor.

If you get a chance to watch it, I’d be interested to hear your opinion.

Synopsis from the Slomo movie siteDepressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

“I’d say before Slomo, I became the typical, institutionalized, educated Western man,” Kitchin says in his North Carolina drawl at the film’s opening. “Frankly, I intended to work myself into oblivion and get old and die. … But now, I experience myself like a tip of a great iceberg of consciousness.”


‘Slomo’ by Josh Izenberg at The New York Times

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Thanks for passing that story along Dr. Networth – it gave me pause. It actually kind of made me sad. I thought that odd because here is a guy who stopped, reflected on what makes him happy, and had the courage to radically march to his own drum against societal norms – all things that I admire and identify with. Reflecting on it (while doing what I want – mountain biking this am). I think the issue is that many physicians are very driven to meet expectations – in work, family, community, and consumerism-implanted ideals. To “Do what you want”,… Read more »


Sounds like the MMM approach to life, be happy!

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I think the answer will be different for everyone and I am still trying to find mine. I know I won’t be happy with his life. I am not extravagant, but want to have the option to stay in a 5 star hotel, drive a German car, dine in a fine restaurant, etc…. (guess minimalism is not for me 🙂 Trying to be mindful and stay in the present, but hard to changes years of habits. It’s a first world problem. How many people can retire in their 40/50 with a few millions to ponder what they want in life?


he had the German car and gave it up
i think a lot of physicians can have a few million at age 50 if they plan for it a la Mr Money Moustache but most won’t
but I agree, i wouldn’t want his life – but maybe an hour a day of roller blading would make me happy like him for that hour