“Carpe Diem quam minimum credula postero.
Pluck the day, trusting in the next one as little as possible.”
A rock sinks in your belly and you feel grounded, a tingle, a melting, and you are happy right here right now. Content with all there is. Wishing for this moment to stretch into eternity, only to realize the ungraspable nature of it all over again. This is one-way true connection to Carpe Diem might manifest as a feeling. A sense of belonging, a sense of true purpose right where you are. Happiness is not hidden in between papers, or behind a thick wall of validation. The phrase Carpe Diem tries to point to the satisfaction of believing that we are in abundance, safety, and on a journey that its every single point is the destination.
There are philosophies like Epicureanism, Optimistic Nihilism, Taoism, and a couple of others that advocate connection to the moment here and now and equip us with spiritual practices besides mental concepts that allow us to step out of the limitations of boxes moulded by mainstream habitual behaviours of a culture that cut us from the simple, profound pleasure of connecting to the joy of the present moment.
Epicurus lived very simply, in a house, filled with friends. He didn’t have a nine to five job. Not surprisingly he wasn’t looking for one either. He believed cheese, bread, and wine is all you needed to live a fulfilled life. With his friends, he spent most of his time tending to simple pleasures like gardening, poetry, art, and a healthy social life. Can’t we say he succeeded to live the happiest potential of the human existence that ripple centuries after him for us to still learn about? Formed around the idea of experiencing pleasure, every moment, to the fullest, for life is too short!
Day after day we can forget to take a moment to enjoy our coffee the way we deserve to or take a moment to take a good long look at a sunset sky. We skip the happy times of cooking good meals for ourselves and limit the time to do the things we love in the hope to find happiness elsewhere. Carpe Diem reminds us that happiness is not as out of reach as we feel it is. It is right at the tip of our fingers, in our favourite teacup. It’s not about how much we have or how much we do. It’s not about anything super special anyways.
It doesn’t necessarily mean drinking cup after cup. It could be implemented in our lives in its true sense in every way. All the tasks, all the feelings, all the ideas could be filled with its presence. A nine-to-five job could be done the right way. Looking at the clock is possible while still in the flow. You could be angry and still stay with it, fully. Go ahead! Yell in your pillow. It’s not always rocking side to side with head in the clouds to folk Irish pub music on a picnic blanket. It’s about every possible potential of living. Very simple, easy, pure happiness. Carpe Diem!