As found on "The Phrase Finder" http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/carpe-diem.html ...
'Carpe diem' is usually translated from the Latin as 'seize the day'. However, the more pedantic of Latin scholars may very well seize you by the throat if you suggest that translation. 'Carpe' translates literally as 'pluck', with particular reference to the picking of fruit, so a more accurate rendition is 'enjoy the day, pluck the day when it is ripe'. The extended version of the phrase 'carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero' translates as 'Pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the future'.
The meaning is similar to that of many proverbs that we continue to use in English and is a warning to make the most of the time we have, with the implication that our time on Earth is short. Other such proverbs are 'Strike while the iron is hot', 'The early bird catches the worm', 'Gather ye rosebuds while ye may', and so on.
"Carpe' Diem" has been my mantra for decades now. To me it has always meant finding the best in every day and every encounter, taking advantage of new experiences, new opportunities and new people, never regretting a choice and forever learning. As a very young teenager I remember being incredibly annoyed and irritated when an adult said to me "youth is wasted on the young". I hated the whole idea and vowed NOT to become that cliche. I wasn't about to waste anything! That was the beginning of "Carpe' Diem" for me. I began to live it before I knew it had a "name". Believe you me, there have definitely been times (more than I care to relive at the moment :D) that "Carpe' Diem" has gotten me into quite a pickle!!! But that's all part of this great adventure which has somehow brought me here. I look forward to discovering where this latest WIP leads me. I have been blessed with quite a number of youthful earth years and have gathered many treasures from the lovely people who's paths I've crossed along the way. I hope to give back. :D
In the meantime...
Carpe' Diem!!! :D
P.S. A special shout out to Elisa who has been encouraging me and gently nudging me to do something along this line. Thank you my friend!!! :D elisa ann lindstrom