Happy Fourth of July everyone! We are finally having a warm and sunny 4th this year in San Francisco. Normally we get a lot of foggy weather in the summer so wearing a winter coat to watch the fireworks here is normal for us. But this year it should be hot! I’m excited about that and have my fingers crossed for clear skies during the fireworks.
I hope you get to spend time with friends and family outdoors this holiday. I’ll be joining my good friends for a day and evening of sailing in the Bay. This is the first time ever I’ll get to watch the fireworks show right up close from a boat so I’m thrilled. I just hope the water won’t be too rough.
If you’ve never been on a sailboat before, it is a totally different experience from being on a motorized boat. Sailing isn’t for those with a weak stomach or people who are uncomfortable being at a 45 degree angle to the surface of the water! The San Francisco Bay is one of the windiest places to go sailing and it takes a lot of skill to maneuver a sail boat and get used to a lot of leaning. Fortunately I don’t have to work any of the rigging. My job is just to take good pictures without falling overboard. 🙂
What Does Freedom Mean To You?
When you think of the Fourth of July what runs through your mind besides barbecues, picnics, and fireworks? Independence. Freedom. When you hear the word freedom, what runs through your mind? Do you actively celebrate liberty and openly express yourself?
Let’s each take a few minutes today to remember how lucky we all are as we celebrate our independence and freedom. Sure our country isn’t perfect but we have a lot of fantastic rights and benefits here that we shouldn’t take for granted. Make the most of what you have in the moment!
With June now behind us, summer is flying by. Embrace the opportunities that lie before you and make the most out of what’s left of summer. Quit making so many excuses already! Celebrate your freedom and set sail on a life filled with more excitement, energy, action, and adventure.
Great Quotes About Freedom
Here are some freedom themed quotes to get your wheels turning and help your Fourth of July get off to a good start.
I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society. – George Soros
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. – Charles Evans Hughes
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. – George Washington Carver
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. – Nelson Mandela
Do not allow to slip away from you freedoms the people who came before you won with such hard knocks. – David Herbert Lawrence
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. – Robert A. Heinlein
Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a cent. – Mike Tyson
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. – Soren Kierkegaard
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. – John Adams
May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. – Peter Marshall
Sailing On The Bay
Here are some pics from my last sailing trip. There’s a spec of a dolphin right in the middle of the first picture below. I wasn’t quite fast enough to catch a good shot of him on my last trip. Hopefully I’ll get some even better pics out on the water today!
Untemplaters, how are you celebrating the 4th of July this year? What does freedom mean to you? Is it scorching hot where you are? Anyone ever been sailing before?
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