“Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow”. Whenever we think of a missed opportunity this phrase seems to creep it’s way in, to fittingly describe the situation. Why is it that we only think of seizing the moment or enjoying the day when we’ve lost the opportunity to do it? Is it a mental reminder for the things ahead or is it to remind us that this life is too short to be lived with bittersweet sentiments and regrets. Whatever it may be, it sure seems to haunt every one of us in a unique way.
Having said this, I have my own share of “missed moments” or “faded” ones to be precise, the times I should’ve reacted a certain way but I didn’t, the momentary fogging of vision which may have caused me to overreact or the times I simply didn’t “seize the day” when I really should’ve. This is probably one of the reasons why I feel that photography is a great hobby. It enables you to preserve moments, to capture them in pixels of color and frame them in joy. It gives you the feeling of being able to flash freeze some chosen moments in time. It gives you a sense of control over time. It’s beautiful if done with precision.
The missed opportunities that keep circling in our heads are there because we have this deep rooted fear instilled inside us that there won’t be a better one again, a better job, a better school, a better degree, a better person. But the truth is, whatever happens is ultimately for the best, it leads you to places in life that are best suited for you, and that is what you have to seize. Seize the moment that lies ahead of you and go for it. The hardest thing in life is to accept something that doesn’t resonate with the frequency of your heart or your brain but once you’ve accomplished that, there’s nothing you need to worry about.
(As written for cambiarnews.com)