Carpe diem – Seize the day!!!
That was the punch line for The Dead Poets Society movie. That’s the first thing Prof Keating teaches his students! Carpe Diem – Seize the day
That was the punch line for the movie. How to make these well educated, close-minded scholar boys become men and think for themselves and in the middle of that, enjoy the journey!
That movie has always bugged me. He taught them about life, little by little, but they had to understand by themselves and through the society what poet really was … what the world was really about … what they were going to live through this life! And then, when you can’t take the pressure anymore, when the world swallowed you and you realize that there’s no way out and you have no longer control over your life, you give up …
In Canada there is an advertisement on TV for Newfoundland and their punch line is very simple:
“On your journey through life, make sure your biography has at least one extraordinary chapter”. Gros Morne
It really gets you thinking about how many chapters you had in your life!
This year is my 22nd chapter, and among the other 21 chapters, I can remember extraordinary facts, but not an extraordinary chapter by itself. But again, what makes a chapter extraordinary? What makes your life extraordinary? How do you measure the extraordinariness (I hope this word exists XDD if it doesn’t, it’s a new one =)) of your life?
The movie RENT has an amazing song about measuring life and love …
“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand journeys to plan
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How o you measure the life of a woman or a man?”
But yet … there is no way of measuring your life, is there?!
It’s amazing the way people do it!
Maybe we could go on with this music and use their measurements:
“In daylights – in sunsets
In midnights – in cups of coffee
In inches – in miles
In laughter – in strife
In truths that she learned
Or in times that he cried
In bridges he burned
Or the way that she died”
People decide to measure their lives thinking about winnings and losses; true loves and bastards; hangovers and parties; friends and enemies; trips and parties; learnings and teachings; discoveries and fufillments! Each person has their own way of measuring their life and thinking about their own extraordinariness!
People also bieleve that the best way of measuring of your life is with accomplishments. Goals you have set and then accomplished them! Things you always wanted to do, and then did! People you wanted to meet, and then met! Places you wanted to go and then went … As Forest Gump, quoting his mother, said: There’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes. Where they’re going. Where they’ve been! Things you wanted to say, and in fear were never said, soon they come out and then you see things differently!
I found my measurement! I measure my life with how many friends (close ones) I got, followed by acquaintaces and all! I might not have extraordinary chapters, or even chapter, but they are filled with extraordinary moments and extraordinary people! So thanks to you all for making my Book of Life extraordinary and for accompanying me into extraordinariness!