OK I admit it, it makes me smile every time I hear someone say “YOLO!” Yes, it’s the “Carpe Diem” of a new generation and it’s fun to see such enthusiasm abound.
For those of you who may not know, YOLO stands for “you only live once,” and it’s become a rather popular saying. But I’ve been around the block enough to know that it’s simply not true.
(Of course you know you don’t have to take my word for anything. If you’ve ever taken the time to learn my simple Truth Testing methods, you know you can check for yourself to see what’s true.)
But I would challenge you to consider that you live waaaaaaay more than once. And as an infinite being how could you possibly have only one life to live?
Look if you believed that you only live once, I expect you’d be pretty hard on yourself for mistakes that you’ve made in the past. Believing you only have one shot to get it right is also what keeps people stuck and afraid to try. It’s also what perpetuates foolishness of the young and hesitation in those a little more…shall we say, “seasoned.” Believe that you only live once also contributes to a midlife crisis, and limiting believes that say maybe you’re too old to change or try something new.
Okay that’s enough of the “Debbie Downer” talk for now. You know I love to play devil’s advocate, and that’s really what this post is about.
You might consider that the phrase YOLO is actually meant to be an inspiration. Embracing the thought that maybe you do only have one shot at this crazy life could inspire you to take risks and leaps that you might be otherwise too afraid to take.
That’s the intention of YOLO. But we have to be careful when we mix intention with something that simply isn’t true. For example, I once knew a girl who wanted to boost her sales. She repeatedly affirmed “I am on fire. I am on fire!” (Nope, it wasn’t Alicia Keys or even Katniss. This is a chick like me.) Her intention was very strong to boost sales in her business but can you guess what happened?
Yup. She actually caught on fire. Luckily she wasn’t harmed to any real degree, but it could’ve been much worse. Hearing her story was a real lesson for me in being literal about what we want and what we want to create and manifest.
Now I’m partly creating this message in jest, as I think YOLO is a cute and spunky kind of term. But it’s also a reminder to think before you speak. Consider that every time you open your mouth, you are creating something. So why not be certain you’re creating what you really want?
And hey, you might be reading this thinking, “I don’t believe in any of his past life crap.” In which case I would encourage you to use the word YOLO as a reminder of a powerful way to live your life. If you’ve only got one shot, you might as well make it count.
But you know what? Even if you do believe in past lives, even if you’re certain that we are infinite beings, why not make it all count?
Go for it.
NOTE: BTW, I’m testing out something new here. Rather than typing this blog post, I dictated it using Mac dictation, just to check and see if it’s any faster than typing. It’s probably a little faster, as I notice I am more focused on being clear and concise while dictating, as opposed to typing everything out, but I also wanted to see if I would express myself differently if I was speaking what I wanted to say as opposed to typing it. Whey not post a comment and let me know what you think?