I was thinking the other day about the phrase YOLO – “You only live once.” This brought some fascinating thoughts to my mind.
First, if I only live once, I need to do everything now! Now is the time for adventure, for trying new things, for making personal change, and for making new friends! I have heard it said frequently that people who are severely ill or near to death frequently focus on what they wish they would have done – their regrets. I do not want to live with regrets! I want to live my life to the fullest, taking in every moment, every adventure.
Second, I feel that the flip side of taking adventure by the horns is relaxing into living only once. There is an urgency to living, yet a calm. It is focusing on the importance of simply being. One thing that we need most as people is connection. I know that it is especially difficult for me nowadays to simply enjoy being with someone. Every time I am with someone, a phone goes off, email happens, distractions abound. But when I slow down, set aside my phone, and decide to spend good quality “being” time with someone, I know that I am making a difference.
There is a paradox surrounding YOLO. I search to find the middle between rushing to do everything and slowing down to simply “be.”
What does YOLO look like to you?
Here are a few snapshots of YOLO moments from my life 🙂