Come Carpe Diem, baby! Explore the world NOW.
Carpe Diem! & YOLO! (You only live once) For me these are life mottos to live by and significantly relate to achieving travel goals that I want to tick off the ever extending wanderlist.
Carpe Diem is a latin phrase that generally translates to ‘seize the day’. To make the most of your present time, to get out there, explore life and to do it NOW! It is a common phrase in everyday language and can often be heard.
In the old movie ‘Dead Poets Society’ Robin Williams played an English teacher that famously says: “Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” And the band Metallica created a song called “Carpe Diem Baby” on their album Reload. The song contains the line “Come squeeze and suck the day. Come carpe diem, baby!” It’s one of those little phrases that the angel or the devil on my shoulder (I’m not sure which) whispers in my ear and makes me spontaneously book flights to exotic destinations when the horror of routine starts to creep in.
“Come squeeze and suck the day. Come carpe diem, baby!” Metallica
YOLO is like carpe diem for stupid people. It is an acronym for ‘you only live once’ and it implies that one should enjoy life even if that entails taking risks…as if there would not be another chance for it. I love the phrase and the sentiment behind it. The acronym I’m not so sure about… what do you think?
The acronym was brought into mainstream use by Canadian rapper Drake, whose song “The Motto” has the line, “You only live once, that’s the motto…YOLO”. After a video for the song was released in February 2012 the buzzword spread through the masses to be overused by the teens and twenty-somethings. Especially when they’re looking for an excuse to do something slightly crazy or last minute.
“You only live once, that’s the motto…YOLO” Drake
Even if the acronym is “totes stupid” the concept and passion behind ‘you only live once’ phrase should be remembered. You literally do only live once (unless you believe in reincarnation) so make the most of it and explore this beautiful world, experience the width of your life and not just the length of it. Say “yes” to opportunities and do things outside of your comfort zone.
In complete agreement with Florine Bos “I travel because I’d rather look back at my life, saying “I can’t believe I did that” instead of “if only I had.” I’ve ticked many things off the wanderlist…walked across a country, smooched the Blarney Stone, patiently waited for the sunrise from an active volcano, drank way to much of the bubbly stuff in the Champagne region, explored the mind-blowing temples at Angkor Wat, and drank way too much again at the awesome party that is Oktoberfest. Yet, there is still so much to see and do! The world is an awe-inspiring place and I want to see and experience it all. YOLO!! So make that wanderlist…and get those items ticked off. I still need to drink with the Irish on St Patricks Day in Ireland, visit the ivory-white marble of the Taj Mahal, drive across Australia and watch the sunrise over Ayers Rock, live in Europe and ride a bicycle to work each day along cobbled streets, see the rose-red ancient city of Petra, travel overland from Europe to Australia, sign up for a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka, chill and live on olive oil, ouzo and orgasms for a couple of months on a Greek Island. The list goes on…and on…wanderlists need not be static. Mine constantly changes and more and more gets added.
All too often lives are cut short before dreams are realised. Life is short. Live in the now and visit all those places you want to visit “some day” today. Come carpe diem, baby!
How about you? What do you want to cross off the wanderlist?