Before my kids and friends gifted me with National Carpe Diem Day on my 60th birthday (February 26, 2020), I had planned on making May 30th the date to celebrate National Carpe Diem Day.
As many people have reminded me, every day should be Carpe Diem Day observed, because the whole point of “Carpe Diem” is to seize every day!
But when you register for a “National Day” you need to pick a specific day, and I think May 30th is a wonderful day to have a party because I love, love, love my Colorado home during this time of year. My lilacs smell like the sweetest perfume, my irises are in bloom, too, so purply and pretty, and my lawn is lovely green (thanks (so much!!) to housemate, John!)
Of course, Corona spoiled my plans for a big 60th birthday bash, but birthday fanatic that I am, I had celebrated for 60 weeks, leading up to the big day! How fortuitous! (Also, rain is in the forecast today, so had I planned a big outdoor party, I’d be stressing about the weather.)
One other stroke of luck for me: Another mini-GISH (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt) is scheduled for today! It is gamified goodness! I love it. (I’ll try and write another quick post for those who might want to join me!)
Besides it being a beautiful time of year, the other reason for this being a personal “Carpe Diem Day” for me is that it’s the day my brother died in a car accident in 1997 and my world changed.
I know we are all experiencing a lot of grief, sadness and loss these days. But grief can also make us realize how much we take for granted. It can make us want to make the most out of our lives and to savor the relationships and love we have. I don’t want to waste a minute with negative feelings.
But, of course, part of life is sadness, pain, and grief, and we can’t help but feel sad when people we love are feeling sad.
I learned a great new word this week from the Word Nerd: Saudade.
I’ve been reading a lot about this Portuguese word and there’s not a direct English translation, but I like this description best:
While the aches may be real for who and what have passed through life, the love that remains is what to truly hold onto.
So today here are ways I hope to observe Carpe Diem Day:
- I will make an announcement about this new Website (despite my embarrassment at how it’s not really ‘ready’ for prime time).
- I will enjoy accomplishing some GISH goals
- I will enjoy the feeling of saudade as I watch the slideshows from my 60-Week party
- I (am already) enjoying my beautiful surroundings
- I’ll say a prayer that our world will be united in fighting the virus, ending social injustice, and finding peace and happiness in each day.
- I’ll plan for some new fun adventures (virtual and otherwise) in the months to come!