Some Old Pictures: Carpe Diem, Seize the Day, Make Your Lives Extraordinary

Posted on September 9, 2017

As I was pulling out the drawers of a 19th century cabinet we have at home, I chanced upon hundreds of old pictures. I haven’t seen all the pictures yet but I plan to sort them out in a system, such as Medyo Lumang Pictures, Lumang Pictures, and Lumang Luma na Pictures. The oldest picture so far is the one showing my grandfather with his fellow teachers in the Rizal High School in School Year 1929-1930.

These people are all probably gone now. They’ve had their own slice of life. Life is too short to dwell on the negatives. Life is too short for envy and hate.

In one of the greatest films of all time, Dead Poet’s Society, Robin William’s words through his character in the film echo to all of us:

John Keating: They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.

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