As we all have realized, it’s not 2014 anymore. We’ve hopefully moved on from the incredible pop-cultural vernacular concoctions BAE, On Fleek, Or Nah, etc., etc. I say this not out of distaste for such slang, but because I want Generation Y’s infinitesimal attention span (7 seconds, I believe? Yikes…) and limited new-age vocabulary to become replete with fresh-off-the-Internet (because “fresh-off-the-press” in the green pastures of Google is dinosaur jargon), ludicrous language.
I will spare you. This is not, in fact, about teenagers, or English, or faux-English, or pop-culture. It is about Life, however, which you could argue encompasses all of the Aforementioned.
It’s 2015, which means we are all going to turn, if we haven’t already, another year older. (In the case of people over the age of 29, we’ll say another year “younger” to keep your spirits up.) Now I know a lot of people may take offense to this statement, but even at the age of 19 I feel old as...
Where’d the time go? If anyone’s selling some low-key, non-sketch drug that slows down time—literally, not in the form of a hallucinogen/psychotropic drug—let a man know! If anyone else can vividly remember a birthday party B.P.D.E. (Before Personal Drinking Era) began, that is more than 5 years ago, and honestly tell me that those 5 years feels like a long time ago, you can stop reading this article because you obviously don’t understand the importance of feeling like your life clock is rapidly quickening its ticking. Not to take too hard a depressive left turn on you, but we’re all going to die some day in the near or not-so-near-but-still-near future. Life seems to be flying by faster than the speed of sound. With that being said, here is the enlightening, egregiously positive statement that follows.
The point of this article is to hyper-aggressively remind us to Carpe Diem.
I promise a short article because evidently, I have to get back to my life. We all have to get back to it. And get on with it. With the ringing in of another New Year, a majority of people made some sort of resolutions they know they won’t keep. Changing our attitude or behavior can be as emotionally draining and mentally challenging as scaling the steepest rock faces of the Himalayas. “Taking [more, or safe] risks;” another popular claim enthusiastic optimists make January the First. Year in. Year out. Our lives go on and we grow older realizing how many goals we wish we’d have pursued harder. “I should have done more of this…I wish I had done that when I was younger…Why was I so afraid to try this? Too often we get bogged down in the “shoulda, coulda, woulda” of our untouchable pasts—not often enough do we live in the moment and Act.
My life is full of regret. Does this mean I am unhappy with the decisions I have made? Not necessarily. In fact, I’m happy and proud of the man I am and have chosen to be. Nevertheless, there are moments that I know I should have done something better. I could have done something better. I would have done something better. Something I’ve learned is that it is not weak to own up to having regrets. Regret, the way I personally define it, is my driving mental force to not shy away, to not give up, to not be scared. Some people look to a God or gods to help with these internal, human dilemmas; I, like Historians, look to the past. The term “regret” freaks a lot of people out. I’m saying embrace it. Don’t dwell unhealthily on it. But use it. The same way we learn from mistakes, we can learn from moments we chose to play it safe. Too safe sucks. I don’t want to be a withering old man, eyes glossy from tears of unsatisfied years of existence on this home we call earth, when I could be a withering old man, eyes glossy from tears of satisfaction welling up inside before peacefully cascading slowly down my wrinkled cheek, fulfilled.
I wish you well with this.
Leave it all on the field go all in go HAM be brave scale mountains dive into oceans make love don’t make unnecessary war love yourself love others drink water smile laugh cry rejoice learn make mistakes create solutions fall down stand up be open-minded be open-hearted believe in yourself above all other things listen to nature as well as iPods do what you love and love what you do and don’t stop ‘till you’re six feet deep or your ashes are blowing in the wind or your mind body and spirit have moved on and have fun and breathe, and breathe, and breathe.
Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem.
Living in the Moment,