Mork Calling Orson

Mork Calling Orson

Na-no, Na-no

This afternoon I found myself reading quotes from Dead Poets Society. The one I could initially recall without the aid of Google was Carpe Diem which is not really a quote from the film, it is just a latin expression. In the context of the film it is used to encourage John Keating’s pupils to grab life by the balls: Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary, said the unorthodox teacher. I then discovered that there are many people out there who were outraged by this use as the original meaning was Plucking the day and related to the gathering of fruits or flowers. I mean really, it was a film for Christ’s sake; and a bloody good one at that. Why would you waste a minute of your life worrying about such a thing? 

A line that I had not committed to memory was: You must strive to find your own voice because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are going to find it at all.

I must admit that it is a bloody good line in a film that I loved when it was released in 1989. Initially there were three things I could remember about the film over-and-above the use of Carpe Diem:

  1. Robin Williams was brilliant
  2. The students stand on desks
  3. The Oh Captain, my captain part made me cry

But reading this one line back to myself now, I realise that at the grand old age of fifty one I am still yet to fully understand my own voice. In the last six months I have made more progress than I had in the previous six hundred and twelve, but I believe I am still on a journey to discover who I am. There is no negative connotation to this however, it makes life from this day onwards more exciting. Each new day brings the opportunity to learn something about myself and to become more comfortable in my own skin. I like this as it means I can still heal from the condition that has unknowingly defined my life up to now.

The reason I was looking up quotes from Dead Poets Society, was because a wonderful piece of art that popped up on a wall almost opposite my house:

Credit: https://www.instagram.com/_peachyofficial/

I think it has been there for quite some time, but I only noticed it the other day as it normally has a car parked in front of it. I don’t know the reason for it being there, but it is a fantastic quote that resonates with me directly. It may be true that Robin Williams did say this, but I believe it is a much older saying. It is easy to hear his voice saying these very words in an impassioned tone and I am going to hold on to that when judging myself or others. I am not sure why I then looked up Dead Poets Society, but I did.

If I was under any misconception that Robin Williams was not trying to reach out to me to let me know everything was going to be ok, on the way out of the office on the same day I spotted the mural, I noted the name of the meeting room I had been sat beside all day:

Now it was long speculated that Robin Williams may or may not have been bipolar – at the very least he suffered from depression – but Carrie Fisher was very open about her illness and how it defined her life. One message from the flip-side in one day is meaningful, but two in one day quite freaked me out. They could have orchestrated the double messaging as I believe they were friends in real-life.

How this story is relevant to my blog when I am focusing the content on improving my fitness in order to deal with bipolar was unknown even to myself until I started to write today. I then Googled ‘running’ and ‘carrie fisher’ and then ‘robin williams’.

Apparently Carrie Fisher used to say that the only exercise she got was running off at the mouth and jumping to conclusions, but Robin Williams was a track star back in the day. Throughout his life he was also involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation – an organisation that provided opportunities to athletes with physical disabilities. Top man.

He also used to say of running a marathon that it provided a cheaper high than cocaine. Now I am no fan of cocaine, but I can vouch for the mental high that you can achieve through running. For as long as my knees hold out, running will remain part of the treatment of my bipolar, and when I am out running I will try and find my voice.

Scully

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