It’s the little known follow-up phrase to it’s well known brother “Carpe Diem” (Seize the Day) and it means “Trusting as little as possible in the future”. Besides making me sound more atas than I really am, it more or less sums up my direction going into 2012.
I know… it’s not the cheeriest of New Year resolutions. But as we grow older, I think every New Year tends to put us in a more pensive mood.
We’re currently at a totally different place (figuratively and literally) than we were at at the end of 2010. And if you told 2010 TW what things would be like at the end of 2011, he’d probably ask you to, with all due respect, Suck it.
2011 was a year of great change for us (But then again, shouldn’t they all be?). Going into 2011, we had many unknowns we needed to face, many questions we needed answered as we stood at the brink of our grand adventures. We’ve known for a long time that we wanted to do it, but taking the leap is not easy. I’d be lying if I said that we never had any doubts about whether we were going to do it, because at the back of our minds, there was always that question:
“What about Tomorrow?”
If we don’t plan for it, what ARE we going to do about Tomorrow when she comes knocking? The story about the proverbial Grasshopper is deeply ingrained in us.
I suppose in some small ways, we’ve always known that Tomorrow is a fickle mistress and an unrelenting tease. She continually promises things to come and at the same time, she demands our unyielding worship to grant us her rewards.
Day after day, Tomorrow creeps up on us. Every second we spend unhappy, every minute we waste doing something we hate is a non-refundable sacrifice we place on her altar. And for better or worse, every day that passes is one less Tomorrow we need to/can worry about.
If anything, 2011 showed us that Tomorrow giveth in small doses, and yet she’ll do her “taketh away” quickly, silently, unexpectedly, thank you very much. She most certainly doesn’t give a damn about any of the grand plans that we’ve made.
I’m not saying don’t make any plans. It is always good to store grains for tomorrow. Just don’t do it at the expense of what you should be eating today. Always be aware that Tomorrow could just as likely bring a sunny day as it would a pink rhinoceros that would eat up everything that you’ve stored when you need them most.
Tomorrow is a bitch.
Afford Tomorrow the same trust you would the tout who approaches you at the side of a major train station.
If there’s something you’re dying to try, do it today. If there’s something you need to say to someone, tell it to them today. If there’s anything you’re not fully satisfied with, make a change today. Dance with that special someone today. Bury that grudge today. Live for today. Be happy today. Love today.
Today…. because, when you least expect it, Tomorrow just might not show up.
I guess what I want to say at the end of all this is…
Tomorrow is too damn unpredictable. Carpe Diem by the bloody Jagulum.*
And don’t you dare let go.
And errr… Happy New Year and have a smashing 2012.
* yes… that is a Terry Pratchett reference