Friday, July 8, 2011

Live in the moment. It is but all you have.

Im very sad to say that i had to attend a funeral last Saturday. One that i would have never expected to have attended anytime soon. The thought had never ever crossed my mind but then again these things hardly ever do unless the person is sick. Long story short, he was someone that i grew up with and loved dearly. His death came as a total surprise. I hate funerals. I dont go to them unless i was very close to the person so this one i went to with no hesitations. I just couldn't forgive myself if i didnt.

Death and funerals, as much as i hate them, i appreciate them. They remind me of how short life is.
And now all i can think about is the phrase "Carpe Diem".

"Carpe Diem"  comes from a poem, written by the legendary latin poet Horace and is often transulated as seize the day. In the poem it is part of a longer phrase "Carpe Diem, Quam minimum credula postero". It means Seize the day, putting as little trust as possible in the future.

All its basically saying is that the future is promised to none of us. Life is short and most of us go through it thinking that we'll live forever. So we spend our time, effort and money, with careful considerations and the future in mind.
And as a result we often put so many important things off. Decisions, trips, whatever we think can wait. Too many times there is so much we leave unsaid with the assumption that we have another year, month, day or even a tommorrow not realizing that all we have is right now.

I know what your about to say and yes Iv heard this speech before and have said the same things to my self over and over. I know it isnt an easy thing to do. There are so many reasons why we cant, we all have responsibilities.
And of course we fear the risk of failure, which is what constantly keeps us from reaching our true and full potential. We spend way to much time saying what if or wishing we were brave enough to take chances and ultimately end up missing out on the shots we dont take.
But we need to realise that life is too short to allow our concerns and fears to weigh us down, most of all the unnecessary ones. We must find someway to create a balance that will allow us to live responsibly while still enjoying life to the fullest while we have it.

There's a popular saying  "Dont ever save anything for a special occassion. Being alive is a special occasion."
Most of us dont realise this untill some form of tradegy rocks our worlds. For me it was losing a loved one. 

I dont know about you but i intend to start living in the moment, doing what i love and fully embracing life no matter what my situation or circumstance.
And i sincerely hope you will do the same.

                                                       Stiff Upper Lip xxx

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