“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary!”
~ Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society
Remember this famous movie quote? A boarding school English teacher, played by Robin Williams, is urging his young students to make the most of their lives. The full phrase, “Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero,” translates to “pluck” the day — and to enjoy it now because tomorrow is not guaranteed.
So, with brighter days on the horizon, we wanted to ask you: What lights you up? What stirs your soul? Because feeling alive is more than just living. We want to know not only what makes you smile, but what makes you feel truly alive? What is it that you are passionate about?
For some, it’s walking. Getting out in the sunshine and experiencing nature can “move” you in several ways. For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, a regular brisk walk can help you:
For others, a passion might be singing, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s with a group or alone in the shower! The Barbershop Harmony Society “sings” the praises of the benefits of singing:
Some folks are passionate about learning. When you learn something new you are exercising your brain. Research shows that can help:
Remember, you can’t have passion without action. Unfortunately, over the past year, complacency has become the norm and comfort zones are where we stay. We forget that true joy comes from the inside — and getting outside of your comfort zone can make the difference between surviving and thriving. If you’re not sure what your passions are, use this Joy List to find out!
Then let us know what yours are!