I’m sure you’ve heard this term before. It used to be a common hashtag on social media. I also use to hear it when I was in high school, more often used as a joke than anything though. It was the phrase a classmate might use when they were about to do something stupid. It was the phrase a person might say as an excuse for someone’s reckless behavior.
In case you didn’t know, YOLO is initials for: “You Only Live Once.”
As someone myself who has also used this phrase before in a stupid and absurd way, I didn’t think much of it. But as I think about it, underneath this phrase, there does lay an underlying core. If you take away all the common associations to this term, you get the basic 4 words again. It’s simply sharing a fundamental truth.
We all have this 1 life to live. How are we spending it? Are we keeping ourselves sheltered? Are we taking time to do what really lights us up? Are we giving ourselves permission to experience this journey called Life? And while I’ll never be a person to encourage dangerous behavior, I will be a person to remind that “YOLO” can be a reminder of this fundamental truth. 🙌
It doesn’t mean it’s an excuse to be idiotic and reckless. One may want to live life to the fullest, but one also doesn’t want to minimize the amount of years they can do so because of their naive activities. I’m a big believer in balance. 👍
We can become more aware of our mortality now or we can wait for the time there is a moment we will be forced to remind ourselves. It can become the biggest driver to experience our live more fully. We can see the inevitable as the darkest void or our greatest messenger: “If not now, when?” ❤️
Now…please enjoy my epic-looking photo in the desert because #YOLO! 😉
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