Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first formal with my sorority and everyone was given gag awards. My gag award was Carpe Diem- the girl who seizes the day. I’ve heard of the saying Carpe Diem before but never really looked into it or thought of it twice. Winning that gag award made me curious so I looked up the definition and this is what I found:
exclamation: carpe diem
used to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future; early 19th century: Latin, ‘seize the day!’
I have been living a life by this definition without even realizing it. I have always tried to live with the mentality of making the most of the day- this is just what made sense to me. Whether it was through quotes, books or talks with my mom, I have come to realize that living every day in the present with as much happiness and joy as possible is the key to living a happy and fulfilled life.
Living in the present makes you appreciate everything so much more and makes everything that much more enjoyable. How can you enjoy lunch with a friend when your worried about what homework assignments you have due next week? How can you enjoy reading a book or working out when you’re thinking about a negative comment your co-worker said a month ago? When you replay these bad memories or worries in your mind, it prevents you from being in the present, the here and the now.
My mom always tells me, “You can’t change the past- so learn from it. You can’t predict the future- so don’t worry about it. You are currently in the present- so enjoy it.” I have learned to remind myself of this quote when I find that I am not focusing on what is in front of me, but worrying about the past or future.
Another quote I tend to live by is “Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in everyday.” This goes hand in hand with my “3 little things” that I have mentioned in a previous blog post. If I feel that I wasn’t in the best mood during the day, I reflect on my day and think of at least 3 things that made me smile. If I can think of that, then I’ve had a good day.
So I guess what I’m trying to say with all these philosophical thoughts on happiness is: make the most of every day. Truly live it to the fullest and be grateful for every little aspect. Trust me, you won’t regret it.