YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE - this is what YOLO stands for and is probably one of the most misunderstood phrases out there.
As a matter of fact it may be easier to explain what YOLO is not!
YOLO is not going out and partying every night
YOLO is not getting so drunk that you pass out in the bathroom nearly drowning in the toilet you just happen to be puking in.
YOLO is not smoking so much weed that you begin to see dancing objects in front of you.
YOLO is not attending your first ever pill party in hopes that you don't ingest drugs that should not be taken together.
YOLO is not trying cocaine for the first time - telling yourself you will never do it again.
YOLO is not getting behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of whatever you chose to take or drink.
YOLO is not going to a party and having unprotected sex with several partners and then 2 weeks later waiting to see if the stick has a negative or a positive on it.
YOLO is not taking a gun and shooting it at drivers as they pass by.
YOLO is not taking your clothes off at a party because you are so wasted you have no clue as to what you are doing...that is until you see the pictures the next day.
YOLO is not chatting with a complete stranger in a chat room and then offering to meet them.
YOLO has become an excuse to be stupid...to make horrible choices...to risk your life and others.
What do you say to a doctor in the emergency room, while you are sitting next to a close friend suffering from severe alcohol poisoning - YOLO DOC?
What do you say to the paramedic implementing CPR on your boyfriend because he overdosed on drugs at some party - YOLO?
What are you going to tell the family of your girlfriend who was killed in the car you were driving while wasted - YOLO?
How are you going to explain pictures of you bare ass naked to all the kids in school - YOLO?
What will you say to your parents when you find out you are pregnant and you have no clue who the father could be - YOLO?
Or standing in a court room being charged with the death of an innocent person because you thought it would be fun to shoot at their car - YOLO?
It may seem like all fun now but in the end the only thing this type of YOLOing will do for you is either cut your life short, another person's life short, or put you in a cell for a long time.
The true essence of You Only Live Once is to take and make a positive difference in this world; create a life that is worth living for a long long time. Life is truly precious, not something to be taken lightly. In the words of Mary Oliver, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Plan wisely, live long, respect yourself, and leave a legacy others will learn from.
You only have one life to live...make it an honorable one.