“BEWARE, THE IDES OF MARCH”……PLEASE SHUT-UP SOOTHSAYER
BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS
You know how the saying goes from Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” a soothsayer approaches Caesar in a crowd that includes Brutus, who will ultimately kill Caesar, and the soothsayer cries out to Caesar “Beware, the ides of March.”
I have always hated this saying, and as for the soothsayer, I think he was a real jerk. Being unable to predict the future is truly a gift because it allows us to LIVE in the present. Can you imagine all the joy that would be stolen from your life if you could predict the future and know what was going to happen? You would miss the joy and excitement of your first love because you would know that they were only the first of many flames that you would love and lose in life. Christmas morning would be a somber experience if you realized it would be the last one you would share with you grandma. Imagine how boring life would be if you knew what tomorrow holds.
Foreseeing our destiny is a curse; the unknown is what is magical. Our dreams are fueled by the possibilities of the future, not the certainties; and its hope for change that makes us strive to make the world a better place.
So, on this March 15th, 2014, I do NOT say “beware the ides of March”, I say “ beware of not living today for fear of tomorrow.”