I’ll be the first to say that I’m not a huge fan of the term “you only live once”. First off, do we really only live once? I haven’t seen any concrete evidence to prove this statement. Perhaps the human body is simply the larva form of a greater being that we will eventually become, NO ONE KNOWS! Second off, the “YOLO” term is generally used by some poor soul who is about to jump off a rooftop into an angry pile of bees, or do something equally as foolish to their body!
That being said, I do like the general idea of the term, which is, do what you want to do, and what ultimately makes you happy. Being responsible about it is simply a personal preference I suppose, if you enjoy angry bees, then please, do not let anybody hold you back!
It doesn’t take much time to realize that a huge portion of the human population is not entirely where they’d like to be in their life. Slaving away at some shit job for nine hours, then coming back home to kids you barely know, and an equally exhausted, frustrated, and broken spouse, partner, life partner, whatever the hell you want to call them, is just not my idea of an enjoyable life. However, this is a quality of life that far too many people get wrapped up in. It doesn’t all happen at once, and most often, people don’t realize it’s happened until shit has officially hit the fan. Is it reversible? Hell yes it is. Do people put in the effort to get back what ultimately makes them human once they’ve realized what has been lost? Not often enough in my opinion. This seems like a trend that is only getting worse and worse. Lives are revolving more and more around money, and less and less around community, art, nature, time getting to know who you are as a human being, and time with loved ones. In my opinion, unless there are some drastic changes in the very near future on a massive scale, some sort of shit, is going to hit some sort of fan, and perhaps that will be the wake up call we all need.
Many people simply don’t know where to start to get back into the habit of being a happy, productive, and creative human being again. One method which has truly helped me understand what is important in my life, and actually doing something about it, is to create a list. Create a list of how you’d like your ideal day to go, then break that down into a smaller, more detailed list, and stick to it as best as possible. This works just as well with longer term goals. I personally have a daily, weekly, and annual list of goals that I do my best to meet, and that shit helps! Will you ever meet ALL of the goals on your lists, probably not. However even meeting 25% of those goals, is most likely more than you’d accomplish without having made a list of what is important to you, and what you want your life to look like.
One of my longer term goals, which I’m hoping to complete by the end of 2018, is to buy an old bus, restore it, and travel the United States, and eventually other countries. It doesn’t matter if you have the knowledge to make something like this happen, that will come with trial and error, the part that matters is that you’re making an effort to do something you want to do, something that really makes you happy. Be human again, create, meet new people, develop deeper relationships with those you meet, enjoy nature more, and you will have a better quality of life.