Thursday, 19 March 2009

Carpe Diem

Having joked about the perils of skiing in my last post, I thought I would add that I feel terribly sad for the family of the lovely Natasha Richardson, especially her two young sons.

Reading the reports I would venture that her untimely death says less about the dangers of skiing than the fact, often forgotten in the hurly burly of daily mundanity, that we all have a very tenuous grasp on life.

As Horace wrote: Seize the Day

"Don't ask (it's forbidden to know) what final fate the gods have
given to me and you, Leuconoe, and don't consult Babylonian
horoscopes. How much better it is to accept whatever shall be,
whether Jupiter has given many more winters or whether this is the
last one, which now breaks the force of the Tuscan sea against the
facing cliffs. Be wise, strain the wine, and trim distant hope within
short limits. While we're talking, grudging time will already
have fled: seize the day, trusting as little as possible in tomorrow."

7 comments:

Dumdad said...

Obviously, I don't know Natasha Richardson but it is sad to see such a beautiful and talented person with two children die unexpectedly aged 45. It should make all of us sit up and realise that this day might be our last one.

Carpe diem indeed.

Henry the Dog's Mum said...

Seconded. Whenever anyone dies, particularly in my age group, it makes me very aware of how precious each moment is.

Paradise Lost In Translation said...

Yes, I've been very preoccupied with this thought recently as an aquaintance has just had a brain tumour removed, & been told it's the worst sort of tumour possible. 8% last 4 yrs after radiotherapy. She too has two young sons.
Your word verification is LAMENT. How apt.

Louise said...

Helmets for skiing - I don't know if a helmet would have saved Natasha Richardson's life, but it might have done ... but people don't want to wear them as they don't look 'cool' - is this stupid or what?

Not Waving but Drowning said...

I've often wondered, if we were all given the opportunity to look into our future, how many of us would be brave enough to look.

GG

bonnie-ann black said...

i don't know if NR didn't wear a helmet to look cool; more likely, she was having a lesson on a short slope, or not even going downhill, where it would seem that a helmet was not necessary. i felt terrible when i read about this. and it really does make you think how short life is, and how fragile we really are. i had a friend that died when he was out taking a walk one day; another one thought he had a cold and went to bed and died. we need to make the most of our days.

Anonymous said...

Only Louise has missed the point of this excellent, moving post. Well done Paris Girl....Louise - pay attention to the profundity which can lie beneath the apparently mundane.