Carpe Diem – Haibun – December 3, 2014

train station

 

Carpe Diem!  Running I caught the train at the last moment.  I hadn’t planned the trip, it was a vague idea the evening before after talking to my son, but the during the night the idea grew.  Waking up the idea was mature.

I grabbed my bag, threw in a change of clothes, my computer, wallet and phone.  I called my son whilst on the bus, telling him I’d arrive that morning.  Waiting for the regional train in Verona for Padua, a “freccia” for Venice pulled into the station it had a stop-over in Padua so I decided to take it instead, paying extra.  I arrived in Padua at 10:30 instead of noon.  We had a lovely day together my son and I, walking the streets of the city and then having dinner at an Indian restaurant.  After dinner we went home and watched “Doctor Who” on the computer then talked until around three in the morning.  The next morning we had breakfast at the train station and I returned home.  (The photo above was taken that morning as the “freccia” arrived in Verona).

Some of the most important decisions of my life were made on the spur of the moment … getting married, going to Italy, buying a house just to name a few. Of course, making a snap decision, can also be the first step in making a mistake.  On the other hand, often,  if you try to have all the facts before you make a decision, you might find that there’s no longer a decision to be made at all!  Life’s like that; an adventure, a triumph, sadness, tragedy but if you don’t seize the moment,  you just watch life pass you by, a passive spectator.

two roads divided
choosing where to go
Carpe Diem

(c) G.s.k. ’14

Film Quote Prompt:  “Carpe diem. Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary”

~ Dead poets Society (Robin Williams)

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11 thoughts on “Carpe Diem – Haibun – December 3, 2014

  1. Yes — you’ve got to capture that moment and run with it! 🙂
    Great quote — great movie. The movie that made me want to be an English teacher. The reason I actually did get my English degree. I wanted to be just like John Keating — sans tragedy, of course.
    Loved the haibun Georgia —

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      • I still can’t watch the scene with Neil and the gun though. Just can’t.

        Robin was top notch though — so hysterical — I can still hear him saying, “oh, Titus!” And I think of J Evans Pritchard every time I hear someone spouting rules about “good haiku” vs. “bad haiku”. 😉

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  2. Great haibun Georgia. You’ve expressed some powerful ideas here. Doing things on the spur of the moment can lead to some wonderful adventures.

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