Carpe Diem

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It’s been hard to glance through a Twitter or Instagram feed in the last two weeks without coming across a tribute to Robin Williams. He gave us something so special, so unique. One of my favorite movies when I was growing up was Dead Poet’s Society. I felt like he was speaking to me as he told his students, pointing at the old black and white photos of previous students in the school’s hall:

“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – - Carpe – - hear it? – - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”

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