So today’s post is why I think YOLO should be swapped for YODO.
For those readers who aren’t familiar with YOLO, the expression means you only live one whereas I feel like you only die once is more appropriate.
There are a couple of reasons for this.
The first is that I feel like you can live more than one life – all you have to do is watch The Tinder Swindler to know that! But also you talk about a work life and a social life so that’s two different strands.
But taking that a layer further back and people can present different versions of themselves in certain situations – arguably giving you a different feel to that.
But then again, if you don’t really like your life you can make changes – whether gradual or drastic – that give you a new feel to life. So really while your life timeline might be from birth to death you’re able to have multiple lives within that.
When ultimately you can only die once as there is no coming back from that.
But the other reason why I disagree with the YOLO phrase is the time people choose to use it.
Often it is said a time when you’re about to make a stupid decision which could be life-limiting or life-changing. If you take a step back and think about the words you’re saying it just makes no sense. Why say you only live once when what you’re about to do could end that? Surely you want to live for as long as possible to experience other new things if you only get one shot at it?
I’m not about to change the world and make YODO a thing, or accelerate the decline of YOLO but I do have to say I fundamentally disagree with the expression.