Silver Baron – Playing It Safe
Playing it Safe:
The average life expectancy (Based on a survey taken in 2000) of someone in the United States is over 75 years. People say life is short, but in all honesty it is the longest thing you will ever do.
So why ruin it? Why scar your body or mark it up permanently in a way that can only bring you regret in the years to come as you realize what a horrible mistake you’ve made? Why leave yourself mentally incapable or sterile because you thought drinking and partying as a teenager would be worth it?
The whole philosophy behind “Yolo” (You only live once) is that you should enjoy what little time you have on this planet, because you aren’t going to get a second chance. It’s a fantastic ideology, but the way it’s been interpreted is so skewed it barely has any relation to the actual phrase. People take it to mean they should live hard and fast, as if they won’t ever have to deal with the consequences of their actions, as if living like they’ll die tomorrow means they won’t have to face it.
The reality is, most of them will.
I say most of them, because for a great number of the “Yolo” party animals, life is cut short, rather abruptly. They spend their time ignoring the future and any long term negatives, and forget, in the process, that eight teenagers die each day due to alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, that binge drinking causes 1,300 deaths a year, the third highest killer of teens.
The short term.
But that’s their choice. Say what you will about peer pressure and social norms, at the end of the day, it’s a choice to play it safe or desperately lash out in an attempt to feel alive.
That brings forth another question. Are these teens drinking, partying, and desperately trying to live life while they still can in all the wrong ways, doing it because they truly enjoy it? Because they think it will make them ‘cool’? A lifetime seems an awful lot to throw away for cool, though I don’t doubt that’s the motivation for some. Perhaps there’s more to these teens. Perhaps they’re the broken ones of society, the mentally repressed and the scared, seeking an escape from the “life” they are forced to endure.
It’s not a healthy path to choose. It’s not a proactive way of facing reality, or dealing with whatever personal issues one might be facing. It’s not the sane, the right, choice to make.
“At least I have fun” a Yolo-teen might sneer at you, their florescent ‘SWAG’ t-shirt still covered in Jagger-vomit. But where is it written one can’t play it safe and have fun?
Go to a concert. Or a fair, a festival, a circus. Join a club. Hang with friends. Drink, but do it cautiously. Experiment with drugs, but don’t become an addict. Scuba dive, Paraglide safely, have FUN-
And live to not regret it.
Tie-dye Baron – YOLO
Action vs. inaction. It was the concept at the heart of “To Be or Not to Be,” and it’s on center stage for an equally large debate: YOLO vs. playing it safe. The concept behind YOLO is clearly the superior way to live. When you YOLO, you can make your decision and even if it doesn’t go the way you planned it, you can learn from it and change your actions the next time, instead of living in a self-created hell of indecision, wondering what would happen if you possessed the confidence or daring to actually make the decision. YOLO means you go out and get experience as opposed to staying in your comfort zone. Performing risky, daring acts just for the sake of doing them inspires, amazes, and attracts us as a culture. Nike built an empire telling people to “Just Do It.” There’s a reason no company will ever make their slogan “Let’s Take a Moment to Think About This.” We are drawn to those who act, and YOLO is all about acting.