Carpe diem, the Latin aphorism usually translated as “seize the day”, taken from a poem in the Odes (book 1, number 11) in 23 BC by the poet Horace.

In Horace, the phrase is part of the longer “carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero”, which can be translated as “Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow (the future)”. The ode says that the future is unforeseen and that one should not leave to chance future happenings, but rather one should do all one can today to make one’s future better.

The phrase “carpe diem” is often used differently in contemporary popular culture, to justify otherwise “reckless” behaviour (YOLO, you only live once). The meaning of “carpe diem” as used by Horace is not to ignore the future, but rather not to trust that everything is going to fall into place for you and taking action for the future today.

So, how often do you look at the list of things you wish you could do or find the time to do or really scratch one of those off your bucket list? In fact how many of you have a bucket list? Do you really stop to think about how much of your life you focus on the day to day humdrum and not balance that with living, living your dreams, desires and exploring new things, living for the moment and trying to experience at least one thing new every day, or learn one thing new every day, that’s 365 new things in one year – think about that!

I would like you to remember and think back to the last time you ‘seized the day’ and explored something new, I would like to remind you that life is all about exploring new things, learning new things, and yes its about working hard but also playing hard too.

I welcome you to my blog where you will find stories, moments of “carpe diem” where we will live for the moment but also not to ignore the future, by “seizing that moment’, and not to take for granted that everything is going to fall into place but for you to take action for the future today. It’s about taking the opportunities life gives you and more importantly it’s looking at how you see these opportunities and take them, being inspired and discovering your will to do the things you have always wanted to do in life!

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