It’s no secret that I hate the phrase ‘YOLO.’ People think ‘You Only Live Once’ and that automatically gives them a free pass to do whatever they want. So I’d like to suggest a new slogan for you #adrenalinejunkies out there, one with more substance and meaning: YODO
You Only Die Once.
I personally believe that you don’t ‘YOLO,’ that there is an afterlife and the things that you do in the life you live now affect what happens after you die. But even if you don’t think that this is the case, that instead you do only get one chance to live and nothing matters afterward, I think this phrase YODO could still be of use to you.
YODO implies that, while the goal of fun can still be achieved, the person recognizes the responsibilities they have. ‘You Only Die Once’ calls into play the fact that the ‘YOLO’ choices made do have an end result. “Meth? YOLO!” “Shoplifting? YOLO!” “Hot babe that I could do for a night? YOLO!” Live in the moment, right?
And then that moment ends-
And you’re dead, in jail, or she’s pregnant.
I’m not saying that bad things always happen and I’m not just a cynical human being out to put a damper on the world, because I’m not; I’m simply being practical, realistic, and honest. Our society and culture has ended up in a place where the ‘feel good’ thing is acceptable no matter what it happens to be. This mentality is selfish and it’s disgusting.
. Using acronyms like ‘YOLO’ and statements like: “I’m not hurting anyone, I just want to be happy!” are what cause people to lose sight of life and the future.
Life isn’t about you, it isn’t about me, it’s about everyone. What you do does matter, who you are does matter, you matter and so does every other person. If we all ‘YOLO’, who will be left to pick up the world?
By Madelyn Tapp
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