Fishy Tales

16 May 2005

..while the Sun Shines

Lovely quote spotted outside a closed-down bookshop in Cliffe High Street, Lewes:

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body - but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming "WOO HOO - What a ride!"

Also found on the Web in various places.

Reminds me of the saying I saw on a poster at Camden Lock many years ago - as it happens on a particularly fine, carefree sunny day, replete with drink, music and good company:

Enjoy life. This is not a rehearsal.

Again found all over the Web.

Unfortunately, being the old(ish) cynic I am these days, with just a smidgeon of Devil's Advocate, I can't help but react adversely to such prescriptive benevolence. Makes me want to swing the other way and be a stick-in-the-mud and/or arch-depressive.
As Jethro Tull so succinctly put it in Passion Play:

God of Ages, Lord of Time
Mine is the right to be wrong.

In any case, I doubt my kids would thank me if I took carpe diem too literally.
Or any more literally than I do anyway!


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