A year ago, yesterday, the brilliant actor Robin Williams took his own life. It was a sad day.
I grew up with Robin Williams on my screen. I was distraught on 11 August 2014. I felt like my youth was over. On this anniversary, the quote that sticks out in my mind (more than “O captain, my captain” in the finale scene of this movie) is “carpe diem”.
Dead Poets Society was a drama film set at the conservative Welton Academy in the north eastern part of the USA. This was one of Williams iconic roles: he played a forward-thinking teacher named John Keating. He inspired his students through poetry, and he taught them to think for themselves.
The character he played in Dead Poets Society may not be a person in real life (apparently based on the screenwriter’s two teachers), but in this movie, he was a writer. Since this film came out in 1989, and was set in 1959, I believe it is ‘historical’ in way.
Bearing the passing in mind, and reading this quote, I believe we should seize the day too – every day – and make our lives extraordinary. All because we don’t know how long we have on this earth, and how it’s going to turn out is largely in the unknown. It’s up to us to make it brilliant.
Let’s seize the day and make the most of it.
Posted in memory of Robin Williams, and in part of Writer's Quote Wednesday.