Everyday we see articles, blog posts and annoying little Facebook status updates on how we should live our lives like it’s our last day on Earth.
Follow your dreams, quit your job, be free, be adventurous, do something different. Whilst I do not disagree entirely with this advice, I find it rather exhausting.
Carpe Diem – the ultimate motto that tell us to seize the day and enjoy life. However, it is also one of the most stressful mottos you can come across. It reminds you that your life is not great, that you are not living to your fullest potential, that you are not making the most out of your time on this planet and that you are missing out on something, big time.
But, what if living life to its fullest potential could be achieved by other means? What if it was all about what you want, and how you like to live? What if it didn’t involve bullet-proof social skills, a high-paid job, exotic travelling or meditating under a tree?
To seize the day can have a whole different meaning than the one implied by most conveyors of the message. What if you like stability, to live in the same place, having the same friends, doing the same routine? What if you value more dinner with your family than a backpack trip through South-East Asia? What if, your ultimate goal is to see your kids grow into healthy adults or dedicate your life to study some period of world history between four walls? Hardly glamorous, but equally valid nonetheless.
To seize the day doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to become someone else. It means that you should explore what you already are and who you aspire to be and go through with what you like and what you want to do with your life. It means that you should be present, in the moment and enjoy it to the fullest.
To get out of your comfort zone is the best, and perhaps the most effective, way to grow as a human being. You can do this within your own world without becoming a different person. It is important to live different experiences in order to develop an as individual. These experiences, however can and should be within the scope of your life vision. Now, go and carpe the fuck out of your diem, whatever that means for you.