There’s an important life lesson I gleaned from work that’s finally started to permeate my own life. Given I’ve been working there for many years, it’s about time.
In life we all seem to let things hold us back. Fears, insecurities, lack of know-how, laziness; any and all of these prevent us from seizing the day. Some of us procrastinate. A lot. Some of us can imagine what change might be like, but never plan for it to become a reality.
I work in a job that, you could say, helps young adults turn their dreams into reality. They need a plan, they need to work hard for it. And once they set sail, they have a finite time in which to fulfil their heart’s desires.
Most fulfil their dream with their minds blown, their lives completely changed. They’ve crammed in so many amazing and exciting opportunities that they would never have otherwise entertained. They don’t feel the same people any more. Almost all tell me it’s the best thing they ever did.
I’ve often fed off their excitement and enthusiasm. It’s truly inspirational and aspirational. It’s also made me and them wonder about how humdrum ordinary life seems back home. Why aren’t we finding the excitement in our everyday life?
I’ve done this job for a long time, and I’m now pretty convinced that this enrichment of life is all about seizing the day, seizing the moments. Carpe Diem.
When they’re away, and these young adults know it’s for such a short window of time. Most of them grab every single opportunity that comes their way because they know it may never come back again. So live, most of them do.
It reminds me of the question we sometimes get asked; “If you knew you only had one month to live, how would you live it?”
The fact is, our lives are finite. Maybe not knowing the end, not having a time limit or boundary, removes the urgency to seize maximum fulfillment from every moment. Maybe subconsciously, or unconsciously, we feel it can wait, that we have more time to delay, to worry, to procrastinate.
But what it we flipped that all on its head? Suddenly, instead of more time to dilly-dally, we’d have more time to fill our lives with amazing experiences!
So how has this nugget changed my life? Well, slowly but surely. In small ways, I’m learning to let go of some things that I see now as a waste of time. But it’s still a work in progress. Some things are always easier to tackle than others. For instance, I’m still a terrible procrastinator but I’m trying to work on that.
I don’t want to spend another year sitting opposite young adults admiring their adventures with a tinge of personal regret. I don’t want to look back 6 years from my next milestone birthday and feel I’m in exactly the same place I was at my last milestone birthday. I know my personal adventures will be very different now I have a family, but that shouldn’t stop me from seizing the moments and seizing day.
Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem to you all.
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