Carpe Diem. It sounds like such a simple phrase, and in so many ways it is. The concept is just as simple, though, I have learned that not as easy to execute.
This past weekend, we’ve definitely seized the day. For a couple of days, my husband and I have been toying with the idea of going to the zoo the past Saturday. The weather was supposed to be nice, warm. When Saturday rolled around, it definitely did not get as warm as they said it would, and so our plans stopped.
Until, something in us just changed. Maybe it happened because we’ve been sitting inside the house for the past six months. Having two kids makes it really hard to go anywhere, especially when one of them is a newborn (well, now he’s six months, but still). Maybe it could have been the fact that our oldest kept pointing at the window. He saw the sun and wanted to go play. He’s a total outdoors kid, but living in a state where there is winter six or more months out of the year limits his outdoor activities.
We decided, what the heck! Time to go. Time to stop worrying about whether it’s cold, or too hot, or too anything. If we didn’t feel comfortable once we were there, we could stay just a little bit, we could go home right away, there were so many options. And guess what, it was a wonderful time!! One of the best zoo trips.
Now, we had a friend come with that day, but she did have somewhere to be right afterwards. Her little plight is what got me thinking. Is there a time when we shouldn’t seize the day?
The story is that she didn’t really want to go, but she had already made a commitment to go to a birthday party for one of her friends daughters. Is this a moment where she, or anyone, should seize the day? What if you really don’t want to go when the day comes, maybe you accepted out of obligation instead of a deeper want? Do we just go along with the plans that we made, or do what we like that day, even if it means sitting at home and vegging on the couch. I do have to say as a mom of two that sounds like a pretty wonderful day.
I came to the conclusion that, for everyone it’s different. No matter the situation, I like to seize the day, the moment. If there is a wonderful opportunity to have the most fulfilling day possible, it’s time to take it! For some people it may be that going to the party that they don’t really want to go to fulfills their need to “seize the day”. It could be through the fact that they were there for someone else. By feeling like they’ve carried out what they promised to do.
How do you seize the day?