This might have killed the mood for many of you, but I don’t mean it in the sense that it is widely used: to provoke doing stupid things and making it okay. YOLO or You Only Live Once is actually a merit of life. It is an euphemism for saying:
Live life to your fullest because you are going to die one day no matter what you do, and your existence will be dead. You won’t be able to see, feel, live, listen, smell, or even think.
I want to share my personal view about this. First, have you ever blacked out or fainted for a short period of time? Have you ever had near death experience where you ceased to exist in between? Have you ever been in a coma? If you answered yes to any of those, you should know that who you claim to be, is a certain ‘thing’ or spirit and that ‘thing’ is only attached to the body when you are conscious. It completely cuts all connections to the body when you don’t exist for a certain period of time. That ‘thing’ isn’t in existence and even though it is a good thing to believe in heaven or being re-born as a different person, we humans tend to lean towards superstitious beliefs for obvious reasons and that is a different topic.
What if you weren’t born? What if your brother was born instead of you? Would you have been in Earth, breathing, living life, reading this? Would you be EVER in existence? Probably not. So, you are only one of a kind of gazillions of other ‘things’ that will be in existence.Hence, you should take your time to live this life and do the things that you thing is important to the benefit of the other people that are in existence with you and will come to exist. You should try to be somebody by doing something great and helpful for others and the world. That way, even after you die, you won’t be forgotten. By the way, isn’t that our life’s goal anyways?
You should be more interested in people because they are only one of a kind, you should be active and do the good things in your life that you think will regret in your deathbed if you don’t do it by then. Ask out that one girl or boy that you’ve always wanted to know more about and connect to, but never thought it would be a good idea because of bla bla. What is the worst case scenario? Whatever it is, you won’t regret it as much as you will if you don’t do it at all, right? Do that thing you always wanted to do, whether it be connecting with someone, going back to school to be something, learning something new, having fun tonight instead of working hard, helping your ‘enemy’ when they are in trouble, thanking that person who was always there for you, and the list goes on. Just live your life for once, because you are one of a kind and you only got this ticket to live life once. After you lose your ticket, the theater will be booked for a while for the other audiences who will definitely enjoy the show instead of you. And it’s only worth your money if you enjoy the show fully instead of sleeping through it. Therefore, YOLO.
P.S. The quote in the title was said by Ashley, Montagu.