Vive Ut Vivas

 

Vive ut vivas

Carpe diem

Memento mori

Dum vivimus, vivamus

Vivere disce, cogita mori

All different ways of saying “live life to the fullest.” I’ve been thinking about this idea for the past few days. Twelve people in Colorado were killed in a movie theater. A movie theater! Malls, college campuses, workplaces…someday some of us might just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s a sobering thought…the whole “you could get hit by a bus/be shot in a movie theater tomorrow”…

The upcoming Olympics has also spurred these thoughts. The closest I have ever been to a tragedy (knock on wood) is witnessing the aftermath of the London bombings in ’05. I think it was announced that London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics the day before the bombings. My mother and I were in England’s Lake District on 07/07/05, and a taxi driver broke the news to us. At first we thought he was going to talk about the winning bid, and then he said “…bombing.”

It’s hard to stay in the present…to seize the day. It’s hard for me to do, at least. It’s a lesson I hope I can learn someday.

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