What “YOLO” means to me.
Recently, a family-friend of mine (I called him Uncle Steve) died because of a car accident. He was in the hospital in a coma for 5 months (February-June) until their family ran out of money & had to take him off life support.
It was a normal, ordinary day when he was hit in the car accident. The guy who hit him made an illegal turn. He was driving to work. But obviously, his wife, kids, or family wouldn’t know he would get into a car accident and that it would be so fatal.
So I guess what I’m trying to say here is that, yes, obviously, you only live once. He was 47 in the accident, & turned 48 when he was in a coma. He didn’t get to live his full life’s potential. You never know, it could be you, your family, your friends next (knock on wood).
You can chose to waste your life on things like drugs or alcohol or having sex with every other person of the opposite gender you meet, & think “YOLO” is a valid excuse to do them. So go ahead. Do it. It’s your life. I’m not stopping you. But would that really be how you would want your whole life to be? Don’t you want to tell people you love them, and make a positive difference in the world? Don’t you want to at least be surrounded by people you love when you die, not die at a party because of too much alcohol intake, drunk driving, or otherwise?
There are 7 billion people on this planet, and chances are, you actually want to be successful. Someone who made a big change in the world. Build something amazing. Invent something so high-tech, people will react like when the internet was first introduced. Who knows. Be the next Steve Jobs. Barack Obama. Rosa Parks. Martin Luther King Jr. Amelia Earhart. Somebody influential.
You get one chance in life, and you decide how you’re going to spend it, because you only live once.