Last week Ria tagged me in a post concerning this question:
The two words I want to tell my younger me are Carpe Diem or seize the day. My interpretation of this famous quote from Roman poet Horace/Horatius is do things you can do today, do not delay it. This is clear to understand but Carpe Diem means more than this to me. It is an attitude I have learned in my adult life the past 20 years. Since I was the one who suggested Ria to explain this in a blogpost, here is my share.
Here are some things I would like to tell my younger self about this Carpe Diem attitude:
Planning your life into details and stick to it doesn’t always work. Things in life do no stream smoothly exactly as you plan. There are chances to take, risks to avoid, challenges to pursue and disappointments to deal with. Life is what you make of it. Carpe Diem.
Get angry but don’t be jealous. Although seen as negative anger is one useful emotion. When someone drives you to the edge, you’d be angry at him. By getting angry you let him know your boundaries. If he gets this, he would not make you angry about the same issue next time. Carpe diem.
On the other hand, avoid jealousy. Jealousy will drag you down into loathing the other person you are jealous of. At the end of the day you’d reach the bottom and couldn’t get out. This is such a waste of your precious time!
Instead you can turn your jealousy into inspiration. If you feel jealous towards someone because of his achievement, appearance etc, challenge yourself. Ask yourself: Can I reach it myself? If not, leave it, leave the green zone and get in tune with yourself and have peace with it. Carpe diem.
Do not regret decisions you made in the past. You can’t turn back the clock, can you? Carpe diem.
Go out more and be one with your environment. The nature is too beautiful to stay inside. Carpe diem.
Get along only with people you are comfortable with. Get inspired by them. Get rid of those who send you negative vibes. Carpe diem.
Image is nothing. When you really connect with yourself, the true you will arise. Learn more how you could find your true self. Be yourself because being someone else is bloody tiring. Carpe diem.
Do only things you really love. This is food for your soul. Carpe diem.
Take good care of yourself, feed yourself with well-balanced food and live healthy. This will pay off in your ageing process. Carpe diem.
I am truly aware the younger me would hardly pay attention to what I write above. The younger me would find this post boring and patronizing. That is ok because the younger me would explore the path which led me to this Carpe diem attitude I have today.
What I would do is to forward this to my daughter. I hope she can learn from it. If not, I am sure she will find her own life guide. The one which suits her best.