YOLO: acronym – urban slang for You Only Live Once.
I hear and see this so often now and I appreciate the sentiment. It’s not a new one but this being the instant gratification generation where if an activity is not extreme, it’s boring and if you cannot have it now it’s probably not worth having, I see a new trend.
The usage of this variant of the ‘One Life to Live’ creed as an excuse.
An excuse for getting too drunk/stoned/euphoric/battered/exhausted to think. An excuse for not doing anything that doesn’t obviate humanity’s one advantage: intelligence.
I’ve done more than a little crazy stuff (it came with the leather jacket and the long hair, honest), but I’ve also spent a lot of time reading, and thinking, and trying to get to grips with this fascinating world and the dominant race who are slowly destroying it and themselves in the process. I rarely just accept things and have built up a healthy (some would say hyperactive) cynicism regarding much of what so many people just take for granted.
I’m not saying don’t do wild things. They are an essential part of living. What I am saying is balance the mayhem with moments of quiet, of contemplation. Take time to think.
Let me put it in a slightly more aggressive way: If you only get one life to experience, why are you spending most of it stupid? Go find a cure for cancer. Write the next timeless classic. Love deeply and discover whole new ways to have more fun than rockin’ on your own. Become a politician with a conscience (not impossible – yet). Be a rebel with a cause. Be an individual.
So much wasted potential. I see nothing in YOLO that says you have to be a fuckwit.