We all know it. We’ve all heard it. We’ve all seen it hashtagged within an inch of its life. #YOLO, or You Only Live Once, was a fascinating phrase to me when I first heard it from one of my housemates in college. While I totally get the meaning of doing oh-so-crazy stuff while you still are young and able-bodied or whatever, half the time I just heard from various friends when they took six shots in a row or in regards not using a condom… so my impression turned into more of “YOLO so, uh, try to not get STDs or get alcohol poisoning, guys.“
Don’t get me wrong; I have some fairly absurd stories under my belt (which I will probably post once I’m a little less self-conscious). And plenty of times, I justified my ridiculous actions using the “memories are important to make, even if you don’t actually remember them!” ideology. I’m still fairly flexible with my idea of fun, which can range from drinking White Russians and watching Girls with my best friends or getting lost in a relatively unfamiliar city, but I also value safety significantly more than I did before graduating college. Which brings me to how amazing
I definitely think that #YOLO is an interesting idea. On the one hand, I believe that whatever time you have, you should do what you love and enjoy it. On the other hand, if you want to continue doing what you love and enjoying it past your teens, twenties or thirties, you should probably not do dangerous things all the time. I, for one, love parties, dancing, alcohol, long road trips, Las Vegas and adventures, but I also want to someday have children and it’s probably for the best that I don’t mix the parties, road trips, booze and whatnot every weekend. But #YOLO is still a well-meaning sentiment most of the time.
Lovelies, how do you feel about the idea of #YOLO?