I’m always a bit confused about the term Carpe Diem. I know that it’s about enjoying the day and not worry about tomorrow or yesterday – but what about seizing the day in the sense of using your day wisely, not procrastinating but doing as much as possible to reach your goals for a great future? Because, depending on which definition, I would fill the day in two completely different ways.
If I opt for the latter definition, I would spend my time studying, searching for more work, writing creatively, going to the gym, putting some money into my savings account and eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. However, if I opt for enjoyment, I would spend the time laughing with friends and family, sitting out in the sun, reading a good book or watching a great tv-series and eating chocolate and ice-cream.
Every day I seem to struggle between these two options of seizing my day. I tell myself that I must do this or that for work but all the time I’m looking at the novel lying on the table. What often happens is that I end up doing none of the above. Isn’t that a great waste?
Maybe Gandhi said it best:
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Or is it James Dean?:
Dream as if you will live forever; Live as if you will die today.
So, perhaps it’s all about balance: enjoying part of the day and working hard to reach your goals in the other part of the day. So now that I’ve written this blog post, I’m going to give my son a cuddle and when I’ve put him to bed, I’ll pick up that book sitting on the table.