Our Turn: Carpe Diem
The definition of carpe diem (seize the day), according to Merriam-Webster, is “The enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future.”
With the end of the school year coming soon, almost everyone in school, whether it be middle school, high school or college, is rushing to get everything done before the due dates. Usually, the rushing around causes stress of some sort.
For me, the easiest way to get rid of stress is by focusing on the present and not dwelling too much on the past and the unfortunate or fortunate things that have happened, or the future and the things that might happen. Worrying about the future is somewhat pointless because you have no control of what will happen. It’s the same way with the past. Sure, it’s good to learn from it, but focusing on what has happened could cause the future to be the same.
If you sometimes find yourself thinking about how badly you will fail, and if you keep doing what you are doing, at that time, it is important that you catch yourself and realize that the outcome of your situation is heavily dependent on your attitude toward people, the situation and how well you will succeed. It is a hard mindset to get into, but when you are there, it reduces, if not totally demolishes, your stress levels.
Basically, carpe diem means to live in the moment and enjoy it. Just remember to not take yourself too seriously and to learn a life-long lesson from Master Oogway from the movie Kung Fu Panda. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”