Walt Whitman wrote ‘either define the moment, or the moment defines you’. I’ve thought about what this means to me, and I thought that before I blogged about it, I should check what others think. So I Googled it, and discovered that the vast majority of hits relate to the quote being used in the film ‘Tin Cup’, attributed to the lead character played by Kevin Costner. I had to get through a whole page of Tin Cup references before finally reaching the original, attributed to Walt Whitman.
There’s a certain irony in this. As the originator of the quote, he had the defining moment. However, the moment (or quote) has been defined to a new generation by a tongue-in-cheek RomCom from the 90’s about golf.
Anyway, I digress. What really struck me about this quote was it’s simplicity. The message is simple: make it happen, or it will happen to you. What’s the difference you ask? Well, either you take control, make the choice and take action; or someone else decides, chooses, and you are on the receiving end of their action.
You can grab each opportunity and seize life, or it will simply pass you by.
Which would you prefer? To live YOUR life, or someone else’s?