Far more often, I see #YouOnlyLiveOnce or #YOLO hashtags more as nonsense than meaningful. This YOLO nonsense is so absurd and ridiculous that living the YOLO lifestyle is destroying us. Before you react, remember you only have one life to live and if you do not read this completely, you may never have another chance to do so. Carpe diem, my friend, seize the day.
Done Is Done
How now, my lord, why do you keep alone,
Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
With them they think on? Things without all remedy
Should be without regard: what’s done, is done.
Lady Macbeth, Macbeth Act 3, Scene 2, 8-12
I agree that the past cannot be undone, but there’s more to it than simply forgetting or ignoring the past. Lady Macbeth was telling her husband to forget about a terrible thing he did – the murder of King Duncan.
How many times have we been wrong and chose to forget about it because atonement does not change the past? Were there times when we chose not to rectify a mistake because of pride? Have we learned anything from the past and changed ourselves for the better?
Dwelling on the past without the intention of learning and changing for the better is stupid. Live like this and I will say, “You only live once. YOLO!” On the other hand, using YOLO as an excuse makes it nonsense. I can’t decide if time or YOLO nonsense is the most abused excuse of all time.
The YOLO Nonsense of Living for the Present
The past is a ghost, the future is a dream. All we ever have is now. – Bill Cosby
Good luck, Bill. You lived your life for the present and your dream is coming soon. Do not tell people to live in the present when you are living today preparing for your coming trial on 2017. The future will be your present and as you so eloquently put it, a ghost.
Friends, there are two things we need in life – the essentials and the luxuries. Whatever it is our heart’s desire are either the necessities of life or indulgences. Go do the things you want to do. Spend as much as you could. My CBTL buddy Gino said, “It’s okay to do what you want, but do you know the consequence of your decisions, much less accept the risks?”
Stop the YOLO Nonsense. Remember that the necessities of the future will become your present too.