YOLO (you only live once) is the modern-day version of carpe diem (Latin for “seize the day”). To me, “carpe diem” means to take advantage of what life brings and don’t waste time; kind of an anti-procrastination, anti-laziness slogan. It also means to enjoy life, because, yes, you do only live once. We’re not cats, after all.

But YOLO has a different connotation to me. “You only live once” so go and do whatever you can possibly get away with doing, no matter how stupid, dangerous, or foolish it is. It’s like a disclaimer of sorts. “We got drunk and went driving on the interstate, but hey – YOLO.” “I totally banged this girl I only knew for three hours, but it’s whatever – YOLO.”

In a way, it makes me think of the entitlement mentality that I wrote about last week. Because “you only live once,” you are therefore entitled to do all kinds of stupid things. I think that if “you only live once,” you should take extra care to not do things that might potentially screw up your life. But that could just be my old-fashioned “darn kids, get off my lawn” mentality.

In short, seize the day, but don’t grab the day around the neck so hard you choke the life out of it.

5 thoughts on “YOLO

  1. I’m with you on this. Being an older gent, I am constantly realizing things I did in a younger body were not truly the best thing to do. Still, I did things then that I’d never do now, and some of them were amazing.

    Now, on a totally different note: Maggie! PLEASE switch over to a paid host! I’ve had to stop writing this comment FOUR times in order to stop a loud and intrusive advertisement up in the right corner. If you’re going to have ads (and you will with the FREE WordPress), maybe you should choose them yourself, and get something out of them. Honestly, I almost left the site because of the ongoing bombardment. I finally turned off my sound to get away from it.

    You know I’m a fan and a constant reader, and you may know I do blogs professionally. I strongly urge you to switch over. Yes, there is a bit of a cost, but you won’t annoy your readers. You can move your whole blog over without losing any readers.

    Give me a yell if you need help or have questions.


    • I’ve been thinking about actually paying to have this blog hosted so the ads won’t be so intrusive. I might actually suck it up and do it this weekend, since it’s something I’ve been thinking about 2 years ago when I started the blog.

      Sorry for the annoyance, Rik. I’ll probably be switching over pretty soon.


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