carpe diem

Today is a unique opportunity. It will last only twenty fours and after that it’s gone forever. The day will never come back again, the date will not last beyond that. The time is ticking and we have only shot at today. 

So will you let it slip away from your fingers and become an empty member of your past, or will you seize it and make the best use of it? Imagine someone — a mentor or a person you look up to — asking you tomorrow about what you did today. What would your answer be? Do you really want it to be “Netflix and chill,” “wandering aimlessly at the mall,” or worse “nothing”? You know you’re better than that.

In his Moral letters, Seneca wrote, “Let us therefore set out whole-heartedly, leaving aside our many distractions and exert ourselves in this single purpose, before we realize too late the swift and unstoppable flight of time and are left behind. As each day arises, welcome it as the very best day of all, and make it your own possession. We must seize what flees.”

What you want today to be counted as — an asset or a liability? The choice is yours. Will you make the most of the hours that you have been gifted today, or will you let them go down the drain? 

Work towards being your very best and fully living all the hours of your precious existence today. As John Keating (played by Robin Williams) whispered to his students in Dead Poets Society, “Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”