When I was seventeen I tattooed this on my arm. If I were trying to impress you, I’d say it had something to do with me being aware of my own mortality, with me trying to live life so well that death won’t scare me anymore.
But the truth is that I had that tattoo because I was a bit of a hedonist. As hedonistic as a teenager can be.
I just wanted to have a good time, and this phrase seemed to define it best.
The same phrase can also define a rather philosophical approach to life that most pleasure-seekers aren’t immediately aware of: the importance of seizing the moment.
Seize the day is the idea that the future is far from guaranteed. The past is already written. And the present is the only thing we’ve got.
You’re only as rich as you can afford to spend today.
You only have the twenty four hours ahead of you.
Being aware of the moment, of what is happening around you in the here and now is a far more important skill than most people would think.
Because depression and anxiety, that’s why.
Trying to control the future is going to ruin a lot of todays for you. And when that future will arrive, it will most likely be unlike anything you feared it would be.
Also, dwelling on the past will make you feel hopeless; it will rob you of your happiness.
Seize the day.
Do what you can with what you have, right here, right now. It’s the most you can do. It’s the most any of us can do.
More essays on life and death in Memento Mori, available on Amazon.com.