Carpe Diem

GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may, 
    Old time is still a-flying : 
And this same flower that smiles to-day 
    To-morrow will be dying.

(Robert Herrick)

The movie Dead Poets Society introduced poetry to my friends and I in the early 1990s, and our motto became “Seize the day – Carpe Diem

Something happened today that made me think of that.

Having someone to love is great. Having that someone love you back is an incredible experience that can’t be matched by much else. But there is a downside to loving someone who loves you back, as I discovered.

When that special someone phones you to say that he has been hijacked, you suddenly realise that you could so easily have lost him.

I was calm at first. I told my co-worker Ann what had happened, and she suggested that I make myself some coffee. I felt okay, but decided to make the coffee anyway. It was when I was stirring the coffee that it hit me. Instead of him phoning me, it could have been his work colleague contacting me with an entirely different message.

Ann is one of those wonderfully practical people. Her take on it was that the worst didn’t happen, so I mustn’t think about the worst at all. I wish that I could have that outlook on life.

With my writer’s imagination, I had thought up several awful scenarios before I had put the sugar in, and I had a quiet cry into my coffee cup while wilting over the office sink.

I went to his house as soon as I could, and held him tightly for a few minutes, thankful that he was alive and unhurt.

It made me think afresh of our lives, and what we spend time doing. Life is too short to waste. It can be taken from us in a heartbeat, in the blink of an eye.

Love those people who are special to you, and tell them as often as you can what they mean to you. Do what is worthwhile. Make every day count.

Work hard, play hard, love hard, die hard…

Dream as if you’ll live forever.  Live as if you’ll die today. (James Dean)

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