What would "Seize your future/the future" be in Latin? I've got Carpe futurum, but my latin is quite poor.

I want to use it as a motto for an educational company. I want to use it as it echos the motivational associations of carpe diem, but is intended as an imploration to students that they must seize the reigns of their future, and become the makers of their destiny.

I'd greatly appreciate feedback/help with the translation.

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Carpe futurum is certainly one way of saying what you want to say.

You could equally well say carpe futura ("seize the future [things]") using the neuter plural, or carpe futuras (sc. dies), i.e. "seize the future [days]" (in this case, I'd make dies out to be feminine, as it refers to a point of time).

Instead of carpe you could also use cape (the imperative of capio rather than carpo).

Instead of futurum you could also use another expression to give the meaning "your future", such as fortunam ("your luck/fate") or sortem ("your fate").

Or you could use the image of reins that you employed in your question and say frenos cape fortunae ("seize the reins of your fate").

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    I think you mean frenos instead of renos.
    – cnread
    Commented Feb 20, 2021 at 10:10
  • @cnread Indeed!
    – gmvh
    Commented Feb 20, 2021 at 12:26

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