“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart.”
― Erma Bombeck
We can’t help but agree with Erma Bombeck because, hey! Who says “No” to desserts? A lot of us keep worrying about the future and forget to live in the moment. However, the phrase- “Carpe Diem” says otherwise. Want to know how? Read on:
Carpe Diem is a Latin phrase which translates to – Seize the day! Looking closely, it holds a strong and liberating message: “life is now”. The present moment is really all there ever is to experience everything. Carpe Diem is one of the oldest philosophical quotes in the western history. The popular heavy metal band Metallica has won hearts around the globe with their song- “Carpe Diem Baby”, while actress Judi Dench got “Carpe Diem” tattooed on her wrist for her 81st birthday.
You’ll find many references of this message if you look around – like in Hollywood movies such as Dead Poets Society; in Nike’s slogan for its most popular campaign ever (Just Do It); and in this widely used millennials’ mantra, #yolo (you only live once) which is also quite a popular Instagram hashtag.
It is striking how an expression from a long-dead language(Latin) generates more than 25 million online search results. Yet just as fascinating is the fact that while it is usually perceived as “seize” the day, the original Latin translates to “pluck” or “enjoy” the day. Because of these variations, for some it’s about grabbing lifetime opportunities, while for others it is about indulging in wild hedonism.
Additionally, this phrase is not as simple as it sounds, when it comes to the practical implications. Imagine being stuck in traffic for a couple of hours already and your cab-driver says- “Carpe diem”. Would you like to carpe that diem at that moment or punch your driver? It needs some real work to train your mind and find the best you can, in the present moment.
Yet – it also entails the message not to waste a single moment. It means giving our all, being the best we could possibly be. Let’s have a look together at how one can seize the day and make this happen:
- The time is “Now”
Guys, let’s confess our love for procrastination! Don’t we wait for that special someday to do a special something? Did you realize how your limited time on earth is slipping away from your palms and one day, there will be– Boom! And life is over.
Saving a dress for an event which may happen 5 months from now? Wear it tonight. Want to pursue your interest in music? Start now. Waiting for an occasion to make a card for your Mom? Probably, do it this weekend. Why wait for an occasion when you can live each day like an occasion? Begin now!
- Love your loved ones before it’s too late
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
Make time for your people because you aren’t here forever, nor they do. The quality of your relationships define the quality of your life. No relation is perfect but let’s make the best of what we have. Spread love. Forgive often. Be grateful and appreciate the little gestures. Year 2020 has proved how unpredictable life could be, so don’t express your feelings to the loved ones.
At the end, it’s only love that remains; everything else is temporary.
- Create and share
Sharing is caring and it doesn’t just apply to sharing Netflix passwords. We all have the ability and power to create- be it a wholesome meal, a piece of art or a writing, a music composition… It could be anything which your heart desires and which gives you a purpose and others an inspiration! Put it out there. Celebrate.
- Make a to-do list
Prioritize your tasks which matter the most to you in both long and short term. Avoid distractions and also understand that everyday won’t be the same. Somedays are slow and somedays are very productive. There are also those days when your mind shuts itself down. Make changes to your tasks list accordingly. The rest of your day will flow.
- Make a stop-doing list
Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list. ~ Patti Digh
No, we aren’t asking you to stop doing everything and binge-watch web series or sleep. That sounds like a dream schedule, isn’t it? But here we meant all those things which deserve no place in your To-do list. Each moment counts so don’t waste it on undeserving people and tasks. Say “Yes” to what you want. Let go of what no longer serves you. Don’t spend lifetime at a toxic workplace. Instead, look for an alternate income source and bid that place a final goodbye. You won’t regret it, trust us!
- Be your authentic self.
Pretending to be someone else, may work for Barney Stinton because of his “Legen-wait for it-dary “skills. But in real life, it can be exhausting and eventually makes you lose your identity and authenticity. Be yourself and keep working on your personal growth and improvement.
Carpe diem is a war cry. It invokes the sleeping giant within you and reminds you of your “dharma” (duty). It urges you to shed your inhibitions, pluck some courage, and grab every opportunity that comes your way.
So go forth and carpe the hell of that diem! Who knows what it will bring.