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500 days of Carpe Diem

Life is full of responsibilities and I’ve done well in that aspect.

I’ve got good grads during my entire studying life, graduated and became a professional.

I sit in an office minimum of 8 hours a day.

I always flush the toilet.

I never stick gum anywhere other than in the bin.

I always pay for stuff and never take what is not mine.

I always let the passengers get off the train first before I get on.

I always pay my debts on and before it is due.

Seriously, I am one very responsible adult.

But sometimes, just sometimes don’t you get sick of it all? That’s why I love the character of Summer Finn in the movie 500 Days of Summer – she is so random, spontaneous and out of the box. Her theory on eating dessert as a first course speaks my mind and I find we have much in common although she exists only in a movie. I loved the scene where they walk into IKEA and just ‘have a moment’ in pretending to live life in the displayed ideal homes, picturing what it would be like to own a set of matching wooden kitchen deco and sleep on a firm mattress with floral patterned sheets and duvet cover. Dream a little maybe…

A lot of people SAY to live life as if today was your last but how many people you know ACTUALLY really live it? Sure I understand that you can’t just leave your 2-year-old baby and spend a crazy night with a handsome CEO in Ritz Carlton hotel just for fun. You can not leave your mortgage behind and spend 18 months exploring the abundant culture, wilderness, music and food of Africa. You can not quit your job and attempt a life as an artist on the streets of Paris.

But you CAN live 500 Days of Carpe Diem instead.

If you think back in your life, can you count 500 days where you have truly lived?!?!

Love with no return.

Travel as if this is the last scene you will see with your very own eyes.

Eat as if you will never have another meal again.

Just for 500 days in your life, you can do it.

Do something worth living today and count it as Day 1.

Because some people don’t even get to live another 500 days.

Start NOW.

***Photo by bgorsphotography

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  1. July 27, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I love your idea of 500 days of Carpe Diem.
    For me, the best example of spontaneous living is..the Joker. Yes, the Joker from the Dark Knight. His famous quote ‘I just do things’ still inspire me. Of course, I am not looking for the exact same chaos he made, but he did pointed out schemers are pathetic.

    As I grow into adult, I start to enjoy ‘Dolce Far Niente’, doing nothing and still feel comfortable. There’s nothing to do with compromising, but being free is exactly the moment I feel I am actually living. Emptiness become substance.

    • July 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks for your comment, it means a lot to me!! I think people carry heavier and heavier burdens as life goes on but sometimes miss the opportunity to live a little…

  1. October 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

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