Forever Young – Maui, Hawaii
We’re about to see who actually reads these captions…
This picture is from this past summer’s Hawaii trip with my family and will always hold a special place in my heart. This past July my parents invited our immediate family to join them in Maui to get everyone together in paradise. It’s been years since we were all in the same place at the same time. Every morning and evening I would set off to catch sunrise and sunset in the hopes of capturing some of the beauty of the Island. On our last night together I decided to stay close to our rental house so we could quickly head out for dinner after sunset.
I decided to stroll down the beach a while and see what inspired me along the way. The low clouds hung around the horizon and it didn’t look like sunset was going to be anything special. As I walked down the beach a ways, I found this tree and instantly knew I wanted to shoot it. As I was setting up my tripod to capture this tree a kid walked directly into my frame…. Right as I was about to ask him to step out of the frame, he hopped up into the tree and gazed off into the sunset.
I was instantly transported back to my youth. That super innocent time when the world was full of possibilities and promise…. For better or worse, I’ve always been called a dreamer. Seeing this kid in the tree brought me back to my days of climbing trees and going on an adventure.
Which brings me to today… Chelsea and I recently found out we are going to be parents to a little boy, scheduled to enter this world in the middle of July. I’ve been thinking a lot about the kind of dad I want to be and I hope to instill and inspire the same kind of potential and possibility into my son that my parents instilled in me. Work hard, be nice to people, and pursues your passions through a relentless curiosity. The first order of business for our baby’s room will be printing this picture as a constant reminder to stay forever young. Skinny little kid climbs onto a tree and takes a picture of himself with a beautiful sunset. Yup, definitely my kid in a few short years.