The term “carpe diem” derives from the Latin, it means “seize the moment that flees” and urges man not to think about tomorrow, not to want to know the future because this is uncertainty.
Lorenzo de ‘Medici, lord of Florence and Italian poet of the fifteenth century, wrote the “Canzona di Bacchus” in 1490, in which the most typical Laurentian theme triumphs, of fleeing time and an invitation to enjoy the present.
The famous poem is a triumph for the carnival that is affirmed precisely in this era …
Perhaps the sense of the precariousness of life, which Lorenzo sensed with great sensitivity, is at the origin of his passion for excesses, for the showy and noisy spectacles of the “world on the contrary”, where everything is allowed, including the overturning of social schemes and the change in space-time relationships.
However, I think that today, compared to the fifteenth century, this sense of liberation is somewhat limited, perhaps because many people are convinced that freedom is conditioned by age.
It is thought that when you are young you can live more freely some situations such as friendship, love or fun, especially because you live without that maturity that prevents you from behaving with carefree.
I don’t think so: many times we act in a certain way because that way of behaving corresponds to that age; often instead one should put aside the maturity that has been acquired and try to “be reborn” for a moment.
Time passes, there is no doubt about this, and with it also the opportunity to have different experiences vanishes that as you grow up you will no longer have the opportunity to do.
You will have remorse for not having done them first, and this remorse will lead us to express idioms such as “carpe diem” to people younger than us, just as I hear from people older than me.
In any case, I believe that at the bottom of this expression there is a sense of great regret as for something that has been lost forever; this is why I too try to seize the fleeting moment and to live every situation with a certain determination, precisely because when I am thinking about what I should do, some time has passed and then it could already be too late to take full advantage of it.
This is my main point of view on “carpe diem”, although I admit that sometimes I am a little afraid of “throwing myself” like this, without first thinking about what I’m going to encounter. Life is a wonderful gift and we often dwell too much on the little things, thus letting really significant events escape us, but it is also true that in any case we learn by making mistakes. Regret is useful insofar as it serves us as a lesson, and therefore increases our “baggage” of experiences not to be repeated.
To conclude … in my opinion it is more convenient to seize the moment and understand that you were wrong, rather than getting lost in a thousand thoughts and then having as many regrets.