‘Carpe diem’ now means so much more


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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 01/04/2021 (549 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

A couple of years ago, on a road trip to Banff, we passed a bright red building sitting in a beautiful field of canola in peak colour. 

My camera was ready but we opted not to stop, thinking we would do so on the return trip. Needless to say, it didn’t happen as the yellow of the canola had already begun to fade by the time we passed it again.

Twice now we have driven by Kakabeka Falls in Ontario’s Kakabeka Provincial Park, just west of Thunder Bay. And yes, each time, I wanted to stop but, for one reason or another, we didn’t.

I had always said that I wanted to go to France for my 50th birthday. I wanted to see Paris and stand at the foot of the Eiffel Tower but, not actually go up, as I am not a fan of heights. I wanted to explore the countryside, enjoy a coffee and croissant on a terrasse and simply take in the world around me.

Needless to say, I am a few years past that milestone and have yet to make the trip.

Now, here we are in 2021. In year two of the pandemic with travel not currently an option and it may not be for years to come.

The ability to choose not only how we vacation but how we live in society has been taken away by an ugly, spiked, novel coronavirus called COVID-19.

The lesson? Yes, there is one here and I don’t mean the consequences of not following the current public health orders.

No, the lesson here is about the need to deal with the ailment called ‘procrastination’ that existed pre-pandemic and will likely be around years from now. It sneaks up on you and steals opportunities.

It is easy enough for me to look back and see when and where I gave in to procrastination. It goes without saying that some of the lost opportunities and experiences may never be repeated while others will.

The ones I began with are just three examples. Of course, those involving family and friends carry much more meaning.

Time is a one-way street. When an opportunity presents itself, seize it, as it may never come around a second time.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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