October 21, 2016
YOLO! I hear this being said every once in a while. I finally looked it up. It’s an acronym for You Only Live Once. Sounds great right? Seize the moment! Carpe diem! Live dangerously! Life is short so be exciting! Right? Well…..let’s ponder it.
It Sounds Nice
Upon first glance, YOLO sounds alright since we do only have one life to live and we should make it a good one. However, it’s worth a look at the people who often say YOLO and in what situations are they uttering it. My experience has been that people saying YOLO are looking for something overly exciting. The context seems to be a stimulating atmosphere hyped up by peer pressure or intoxicating substances. You only live once so let’s get raging drunk. You only live once so let’s sleep around with as many partners as we can. You only live once so let’s do something dangerous and risky. You only live once so what does it matter anyway?
It Matters A Lot
My answer is: It matters a lot. Yes, we only live once. However, I want to live for a long time and enjoy a life as free from drama as possible. I want to help other people enjoy their lives too. If I keep engaging in exciting but risky behavior then the chances go up proportionally of being in situations where negative outcomes are very likely. Is that what I want for myself and my loved ones? Living on the edge of disaster and drama? Not so much.
“YOLO ends up being a shallow attempt to justify and rationalize irresponsible decisions.”
~ Able Kinetic
~ Able Kinetic
Alter The Meaning
From what I’ve seen, YOLO ends up being a shallow attempt to justify and rationalize irresponsible decisions. These decisions have a good chance of resulting in very serious, negative life consequences. The idea of “you only live once” is actually pretty good. I would adjust the meaning to focus on creating value, achieving, and improving the one life I have.
So you say, get off your soap box and stop trying to tell me how to live my life! YOLO right? Alright. But remember, this sh*t really matters. Life is all about decisions. Bad decisions prepare us for bad situations. Good decisions prepare us for good situations. It’s that simple.
Thanks for your time,