I can’t remember when was the first time I actually had the chance to watch “Dead Poets Society” for the first time in the early 90s. Still, I surely remember rewatching it many times over and reliving the “Oh Captain, My Captain” moment that symbolizes the admiration of the students for their teacher and a reminder of the importance of inspiring and mentoring others to greatness.
As we grow older, both our personal and professional lives undergo significant changes and turbulence. We may face unexpected challenges, encounter difficult people, and experience setbacks that can leave us feeling discouraged or overwhelmed. In these moments, it can be easy to lose sight of the present and become consumed by worry and anxiety about the future.
In the movie “Dead Poets Society,” Robin Williams plays John Keating, an English teacher at an elite boys’ prep school. In one scene, he encourages his students to seize the day and live life to the fullest. He tells them about the Latin phrase “Carpe Diem” and its meaning, inspiring them to make the most of their time.
Keating: “Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
Neil Perry, played by Robert Sean Leonard, is a student who is inspired by Keating’s words. He is determined to follow his dreams, even if they go against his father’s expectations.
Neil: “I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. To put to rout all that was not life, and not, when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Keating: “Thank you, Mr. Thoreau. See, you’re doing it again, Neil. You’re doing it again. You’re living for them. You’re letting them control your life. Don’t you understand? You have to make your own life. Now, don’t let these bastards get you down. You all have a little bit of ‘I want to save the world’ in you. That’s why you’re here, in school, studying literature, trying to find out what makes good art. And, dare I say it, even a little bit of what makes bad art. Because, in both cases, it’s you, the student, who will decide what goes on the walls. It’s you who will decide what’s good or bad. Gentlemen, I am your teacher. I hold you accountable for your actions. There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.”
The scene is a powerful reminder to seize the day and live life to the fullest, despite challenges and obstacles. It is a call to action that resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring them to make the most of their time and pursue their dreams.
“Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” ~Dead Poets Society
In this week’s Monday Tip, I want you to take a moment to reflect on the potential CARPE DIEM decision in your life, whether it is in your professional life or your personal life
In our professional lives, this means taking risks, pursuing new opportunities, and being open to learning and growth. It means embracing change and adapting to new situations rather than clinging to the familiar and comfortable.
In our personal lives, seizing the moment means taking time to appreciate the people and experiences that bring us joy and fulfillment. It means stepping out of our comfort zones and trying new things, even if they seem scary or intimidating.
Ultimately, seizing the moment is about living life to the fullest and making the most of the time we have. So let’s all take a page from the “Dead Poets Society” playbook and remember to seize the day, every day.
Enjoy your Week,