Carpe Diem – what’s it really mean??

It’s an old Roman saying that loosely means Seize the Day. It was in the movie Dead Poets Society with Robin Williams. It’s my motto – don’t waste the time you have. A case in point – actually 2 cases. This fall, two people I know met with near tragic consequences. Both are avid Half Dome hikers. Both are in very good shape. Both got a big surprise.

Carpe Friggin' Diem

Carpe Friggin’ Diem

One suffered an Aortic Dissection (Google it). The aorta develops a tear and can actually burst. Survival rate is about 25%. Most die before they even get to the hospital. John Ritter, Albert Einstein, Gordon Lightfoot and Lucille Ball all died from it. It’s an emergency operation – open chest and all. But he made it.

The second guy had a quadruple by-pass. That means that 4 of his coronary arteries were “clogged” and the blood flow has to be rerouted thru a replanted vein from a leg. He survived also. that close to checking out makes one think.  So close to pushing up daisies – toes up in a box.

Both of these operations are serious. So, back to Carpe Diem. Makes you realize we do not live forever. Try to get the most out of every day. Stop worrying about the small stuff. Do things NOW – don’t wait to move along your “bucket list.” You just might kick the bucket before you get too many things done. Now, wouldn’t that be a shame?

We hope both men are back up Half Dome this summer.

Seize the day.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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2 Responses to Carpe Diem – what’s it really mean??

  1. Brent says:

    I don’t think Gordon Lightfoot is dead….

    • Brent,

      You are right. My source said that Lightfoot, Albert Einstein, Conway Twitty, George C. Scott, Lucille Ball, John Ritter and Harvey Korman all died from an Aortic Dissection. It seems Lightfoot underwent surgery for a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, and he remained in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Lightfoot endured a six-week coma and a tracheotomy, and he underwent four surgical operations. Someone goofed and said he died. There is literature about a death hoax. Anyway this condition is bad news.

      I sit corrected. Thanks

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