“Carpe, carpe. Carpe` Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” ~ John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society
“Carpe` Diem” most of us have heard this words and if not heard then we have seen its pictures and graphics everywhere. It first became popular among youngsters when Dead Poets Society movie came out in 1989. I was but a toddler then. Much less this movie still teaches a lot of lessons to kids today.
“Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!”
I saw Dead Poets Society for the first time while I was in my preteen years. I didn’t understand much of it but I remembered the fact that the kid who wanted to do drama died and everyone blamed the teacher. As I grew up I forgot about the movie and got busy with my own set of problems that I like to call study and early adult life. I saw the movie again and I saw a kid who wanted to do drama who committed suicide because his father didn’t want him to be something else. Again I forgot about the movie and got busy with my new-found adult life and new set of problems. I saw that movie again two years back and I listened closely to the poem Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May by Robert Herrick, I googled the poem and read it to my heart’s content until I understood it. I fell in love with the poem the more I read it. I realized that I was more or less like the boy who wanted to do drama but couldn’t do it due to many reasons which he left us to ponder upon.
I promised my preteen self that I won’t commit suicide no matter what happens in my life and as if my life was testing my spirits it kept giving me tons of tests which I have passed head on. Obviously I have had stones on which I stumbled but those stones have been the best lessons of my life. I still look back on my life and feel bad at times but I put it behind me and just keep marching to my own set of tunes now. I still think about the boy who committed suicide. Maybe he could have taken another route, maybe he could have completed college and pursued acting as another hobby, maybe he could have lived and someday made his dream into a reality, maybe he gave up too soon. But it is because he gave up too soon that he left such a strong impression on my mind and everyone else’s too.
“There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.” ~ John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society
I read a lot of negative comments about this ending of the movie and I thought to myself are those people right? Could the end have been better? I asked my preteen self last night what she thinks and she shook her head and said, “No. If it wasn’t for him you wouldn’t have made me that promise. You wouldn’t have striven so hard. He gave you questions and you gave yourself chances. It was perfect & beautiful ending… O Captain my captain…” I woke up smiling and I wanted to share this thoughts with you all but I had to go through a day full of work before I could come home.
I wrote this post for the young ones and the ones that dare to dream. To all he young people, dreamers & believers I want to say your time is now. You are in your prime. You have got gallons of energy, guts(if you claim you haven’t guts, then I dare you to develop them.) and a long way to go. You have got a certain different understanding of the world and you have information at the touch of your finger print. But don’t forget the old poems and novels, read all you want and watch movies that make a difference n your life. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may my dears. Do your best now. Confused you maybe but do not let the confusion run it’s course too long, let your wings grow. Robin Williams indeed lived this in his life. Oh and if you have not seen this movie then I highly recommend it.
As a treat, I leave you with the video which inspired this article and the much-loved poem. Enjoy.
Click here if you want to watch the video.
Now, here’s the poem.
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time