Y.O.L.O.

Carmen - Webster City, Iowa
Entered on January 27, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

Y.O.L.O.

I believe everyone has words to live by. Words don’t have to just be mindless things that fill up the empty space of silence, they can actually mean something. Everyone needs a saying to get them through life. Maybe you don’t know what saying that is yet. Maybe your words mean something personal to you. Maybe it’s something that’s just plain harsh but true. Either way, you need to find something that works for you, and apply it to your life whenever possible. Not only is it interesting, it will help you be yourself. My personal favorite saying is y.o.l.o.

I found out about y.o.l.o. my freshman year while I was vacationing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was on a water taxi going down the Nu River. I looked out the windows at the million dollar homes along both sides of the river and a warm breeze from the ocean blew the hair out of my face. As we were passing by a huge, white boat the tour guide pointed it out and said, “The name of this boat is Y.O.L.O. Does anyone know what that means?” My two friends I took with me to Florida and I just looked at each other with question marks on our faces. “It stands for you only live once,” the tour guide informed us. For some unknown reason, among the multi-million dollar homes and luxurious boats, I was blown away by an acronym. I instantly fell in love with it, and from that moment on I knew I was going to live my life that way. A few years later I actually got y.o.l.o. tattooed on my left foot. I love getting asked about my tattoo. It reminds me again and again how important it is to live your life to the fullest, because you won’t ever get a second chance on life.

Y.o.l.o. is the saying I live my life by. I definitely think everyone needs to find their own words to live by. So if you haven’t found your saying yet, find it, and use it at all possible times. Words don’t have to just be mindless things that fill up the empty space of silence, they can actually mean something.