The start of class, a teacher strides through the classroom, whistling a classic tune. He walks past the rows, noticing the students noticing him in return. He says nothing, just continues whistling, and walks towards the back of the class, where he exits through the back door without a word.
After a moment of confusion amidst the students, he pops his head back in the back door to say quickly “well, come on!”, and disappears once more.
It takes the students a few moments to comprehend what is happening, but soon they have all gathered their books and are walking out into the hall, following their new, mysterious teacher.
The teacher calls them forth around a display case inside the school, and asks one of his students to read a poem in one of the books he is holding.
The student recites:
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
The teacher asks: “Why does the author use such words, gather ye rosebuds while ye may? Old time is still a-flying?”
One student proposes “Because he’s in a hurry!”
“Wrong!” The teacher explains: “It is because we are food for worms lads, and because one day each and every one of us is going to stop breathing.”
The Latin word for this is Carpe Diem, which translates directly to “Seize the Day”. And that is the subject of todays article.
Who are you? What do you want with your life? What are you willing to do to make it happen?
Regardless of what age you are, there is life ahead of you. You are not yet dead, and so what you do next will change and direct the course of history that lay before ye.
Do you want to sit around until you die, or will you make something of yourself and seize the day?! Will you make the life you want to live and share your love with the world around you through your actions and ideas?
Ideas and Words can Change the World!
You are an incredible thing. The very fact that you are alive and breathing is a testament to how wonderful you truly are, for I am not talking to a rock, but to a living, breathing, conscious organism that is a creator in more ways than any of us can even imagine.
And that’s something special.
You must strive to find your own voice, because the longer you wait the less likely you are to find them at all!
Speaking of something special, I’d like to share something very special with you now. The inspiration to this article was the following video, as well as this scene from Dead Poets Society. If you haven’t seen this movie, it is a stunning piece of art which changed my life – and truly gave me a solid frame of reference to what poetry in motion really was.
(Video source: YOUTUBE)