Carson Daly is still healing after the devastating loss of his parents just over a year ago. His mother, Pattie Caruso, died in September 2017 of a heart attack, while his stepfather, Richard Caruso, lost his battle with bone cancer just five weeks later. In an emotional moment during Wednesday's broadcast of Today, the morning show host spoke to cohost Hoda Kotb about his New Year's Resolutions and opened up about how his outlook on life has changed since losing both of his parents.
"I don't want to get morbid, but you know I lost my parents a year and a half ago, so in the new year, I think more macro now," he said. "I think bigger than just, like, the weight, the food — all that stuff is every day, we all struggle with that, we all do the best we can. My new thing is compartmentalizing."
Daly continued, speaking about how the pain of losing two loved ones caused him to start living in the moment. "We're always looking so far forward in our calendar to find a moment of happiness, if you will, of relief from life," he said. "My thing is just 24 hours. Now I wake up and I'm like, 'Thank you God, I got a new day, a fresh day. How can I be the best husband, the best father, the best coworker, the best fellow citizen? Like, I've got today. I've got right now, in this moment.'"
Daly added later, "Life goes by so fast that for me, now, it's just like, live and marinate in that moment when I'm in a tickle fight. And then when I go to bed, it's just like, 'You know what? I hope I did good today, and if God gives me another day, I'm just gonna do it again.'"