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Dream Today – Live Tomorrow

December 1, 2013


I believe I was just 11 years old when I came up with this saying for a bulletin board project I worked on in my 6th grade classroom at Burger Elementary School in Garden City, Michigan.  I don’t quite recall the details of the display, but the quote became treasured words that I have often shared with family and friends throughout the years in congratulatory greetings and notes of encouragement.

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to add this simple, yet powerful message to a meaningful photo.  After combing through literally thousands of photographs, I came across this image of a young surfer I found taking advantage of a beautiful afternoon off from school near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, California.  It was Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2010, and I vividly remember how much I enjoyed just sitting there on the beach, watching with great anticipation each time this youngster tried, with tremendous determination, to harness Mother Nature and ride a Pacific wave.  It was fun to daydream about what life was like for a youngster growing up in Southern California.

Looking at the photo, I realized it spoke to me about the innocence of our youngsters and the dreams they have for the future.  A photo worthy of my message.

I captured the image using my Canon EOS Rebel XTi, 18-55 lens (set at 55mm), ISO 400, 1/500, f16 (probably set to automatic back then).

Hope you like the photo and the message.

From → 6. Detours

  1. Jen C permalink

    My daughter would like to use your quote in her 8th grade graduation speech, giving you credit of course. Are you okay with that? Thanks!

    • Absolutely. I would be honored. I wish your daughter much success.

      • Jen C permalink

        Thanks! The theme is “Dream today, Live tomorrow”, and she wanted to start the speech off with a quote. Your’s was a great fit. We’ll let you know if she is selected as one of the speakers. Thanks again!

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