What it Means to Seize the Day

When I think of ‘Carpe Diem’ I don’t believe it means I should go to a club to get drunk and dance the night away and feel like crap the day after. I don’t believe that to enjoy this one life I’ve been given means I should party all night and get intoxicated and become disorientated and lose sense of myself and forget all that is wrong with this world. What I believe seizing the day is about, seizing every day, is to grab the day by the shoulders and say,”You’re mine now,” and proceed to savour life at our most sober, when our vision isn’t clouded by alcohol or endorphinal frenzies or a lack of sleep, but instead when we are most awake, most alive, most perceiving of what is truly around us. We see, we taste, we feel, we touch, we smell, and we know, very clearly and almost painfully, how amazing this life, this world is, if only we let ourselves experience it instead of clouding our vision with the opium of the season.

You decide if you’re going to live like we’re dying. I’m going to live life alive.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?

“Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’?

“Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,
that it might take the earth by the edges
and shake the wicked out of it?
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
its features stand out like those of a garment.
The wicked are denied their light,
and their upraised arm is broken.

“Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.

“What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside?
Can you take them to their places?
Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
Surely you know, for you were already born!
You have lived so many years!

“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of the hail,
which I reserve for times of trouble,
for days of war and battle?
What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
and a path for the thunderstorm,
to water a land where no one lives,
an uninhabited desert,
to satisfy a desolate wasteland
and make it sprout with grass?
Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?
From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
when the waters become hard as stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen?

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades?
Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons
or lead out the Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?”

– Job 38:4-33
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