The Independence Adventure–Happy Independence Day

By David Pu’u


Photo Credit: David Pu’u

I like the Fourth of July as a holiday a lot. It always reminds me that some were brave enough to sacrifice the relative comforts of home to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and in process change the potential of their lives.

They became Independent.

It was not without risk, expense, hope, fear, sorrow, loss and oh yes, joy. I never forget the joy part.

Whenever I see our flag, it is not generally the rah rah of National Pride I experience. But the expense, joy, privilege and hope that our Independence seeking fore-bearers forged. Yes, that is right. Independence is forged.

Here is a little videopiece  for a special project, about men and women who have been through the fire, and emerged.

A remarkable look at the Psychology of Patriotism.

My friend and colleague, Dr Ed Brenegar, sent me a note from the road today, enroute to his home after a sad visit to Gettysburg. Do yourself a favor. Listen to the Gettysburg Address today.

Cherish what you have. The fire is always there. Happy, blessed, 4th of July.


David Pu’u is an internationally recognized photographer and cinematographer with broad experience ranging from editorial publication, to television and feature film production. Currently David is lead creative and CEO of Neocreative Inc, which develops and licenses IP related to Photography, Literature and Film. He is Co Founder of OceanLovers Collective Inc.  He holds a Certification as a Rescue Boat Operator and First Responder via K38 Maritime and AWA, and is trained in risk assessment and mitigation in marine environments. 


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