Thursday, March 10, 2016

YOLO

Although "YOLO" is an extremely cringe-worthy acronym, it reigns extremely true to how I live my life. "You only live once." This statement, I think, is underused and under appreciated until it is too late sometimes.

All my life, up to recently, I had a plan for my life. It went: public school, college, job, marriage, kids, retirement, death. What a life I had planned. It had only seemed logical, because that's what everyone else was doing, and they seemed happy. Up until recently, I thought that was how I ought to live my life, because everyone else was doing  it and it seemed to be working out for them just fine.

I never realized that this is my life. I realized that my life does not and will not be a copy of everyone else's. And no, this is not to be stubborn and to not do what everyone else is doing just to stand out. This is because, I thought,  what's so great about having kids? Going to college?

College is one of the big ones I've been thinking about lately. Why is there so much pressure to go to college? So you can go undecided, choose a major that seems like it is something you remotely want to do, leave college, choose another profession, and be stuck in mounds of debt? It seems pointless, when you really think about it.

Basically, what I am trying to say here, is your life is your life. For me, that means that maybe I don't want to go to college. The thought of the process I mentioned before just seems like something that everyone does because no one ever thinks for themselves.

Many people when on their deathbed have many regrets, one of the most common being that they were never themselves; they followed in everyone else's footsteps, and never did what made them happy. Personally, I don't want this to be my regret, because there is no turning back time.

I want to do what I want to do, live my life the way I want to live it. Because YOLO.