The Kayak (Carpe Diem)

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Carpe diem: a Latin aphorism usually translated to “seize the day”

4 pm, and storm clouds were looming on the horizon as I loaded the kayak into my pickup truck for the drive to the lake. It was the last day of my “bachelor weekend”, and I very much wanted to get on the water, to take a little “me time” while I had the chance. I’d been aching to try fishing from my kayak for 6 months, but it always seemed to fall lower on the priority list than whatever the “most urgent” of the day was. It was later than I’d planned, due to some other priorities that were higher on the list earlier in the day…

It was getting late….
It would take me an hour to get on the lake…
It would likely storm…
It will get dark soon…
Is it really worth the hassle?
Maybe I should just stay home.

Too often in our lives we make excuses to not do things. There’s always tomorrow. There’s something more important. You know the script.

Just Do It

Sometimes, you’ve just got to do it (sorry, Nike, but that is a great line). Don’t wait for retirement to start living your life. Balance life today with life tomorrow. Neither extreme is correct. Carpe Diem is too strong (it’s not ALL about today!), but the opposite is also true. Don’t put off for tomorrow something you can do today. Enjoy the moment, while balancing the needs to plan for the future.

Carpe Diem

The lake was great. Wind blew a bit, some spotty rain flew, but it was paradise. I trolled my line out the back, and took a nice leisurely paddle around the shoreline. I listened to birds. To wind. To the waves. I watched the gray sky dance. I relaxed.

In short, I lived just a bit more yesterday than I would have had I made an excuse not to go.

Don’t wake up 10 years later with regrets for things not done. Opportunities not pursued. Lakes not fished.

Carpe Diem. Try it sometime.

Written April 13, 2015 7:03 pm

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6 comments

  1. Needed to read this today! I don’t give myself enough permission to enjoy life when there are so many other stressors and responsibilities. Thanks for this 🙂

    1. Camille, I’m praying for you and your family. I’d suggest you also have a look at Post #1 – Contentment. Hang in there!!

  2. Love this reminder. I got much better at working hard to achieve balance after my Dad lost his life to Cancer. Whenever I see myself starting to make silly excuses I can hear him telling me to be sure and “live” every day.

    1. Mona, thanks for the comment. We should all strive to have the goal of reaching our death beds with as few regrets as possible! “Listen” to your Dad!!

      1. Wow, I just discovered your blog and was reading a couple of your posts with great interest. Having just commenced my own financial blog I couldn’t help but admire the work and effort you have put in.

        Strangely though it was this short, and to the point post that really captured my attention. I have a beautiful river 4 minutes from home, which is calm, wide and winds through pristine bushland. The weather where I live is currently about 25 degrees Celsius, blue sky, occasionally a slight breeze – most days. (springtime in Sydney, Australia) And ,I have a kayak! BUT, I am never finding time to drive a lousy 4 mins, to paddle 3 mins, to be a ‘million’ miles from everything.

        Yes, you are spot on; seize the day and try to enjoy every aspect of your life. Many thanks for the words of encouragement.

        I would love to write more, but I have a kayak to rescue from my garage!!

        Regards,
        Adrian

        PS the other articles I read were great

        1. I love it when I get replies like this. From a great country outside of my own, and from someone with common interests (blogging and kayaking!). Go Rescue The Kayak!! (btw, if you write as well on your blog as you did with this comment, I’ve no doubt you’ll be a succesful blogger!)

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