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Plan for Tomorrow, But Enjoy Today

Annie Le could have been any one of us. The 24-year-old Yale graduate student was smart, fun, and focused. People liked her. She was careful about her personal safety. It was supposed to be her wedding day. And she was murdered on the Yale campus.

We live on one of the safest campuses anywhere, much safer than Yale. One reason is our location. And though we sometimes complain that Public Safety is a nuisance, they do their job very well.

Even so, anything can happen, anywhere, anytime. We shouldn’t live in fear of that fact, but we shouldn’t ignore it, either.

Carpe diem. It means “seize the day.” Seize it, love it, use it to learn new things and improve yourself. Use it to connect with your friends and family. Get to know someone new and interesting.

The only thing guaranteed to any of us is the present moment. We should enjoy it and use it the best way we can. Then, whether our time comes in one minute or in a hundred years, we’ll be happy and our lives will be well-lived.

Copyright 2009 by Rinth de Shadley.

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