Saturday, January 19, 2013

How To: Get The Most Out Of Life

What YOLO Really Means


So we all spent 2012 learning what The Motto was, and it's YOLO. Whether you see it as YOLO or Carpe Diem (latin for seize the day) I've come to the conclusion that I've finally figured out what it is.

It's probably easier to describe what YOLO isn't;
  • Driving at ridiculous speeds, just for the thrill. That's just dangerous and stupid.
  • Overindulging. Whether it's alcohol, junk food or other not so good for you things. That's just certain to shorten your life-span. Keep in mind, most things are okay in moderation. 
  • Being rude, disrespectful or tasteless. Keep it classy, and not with a "K" because not only is proper spelling hot, the Kardashian's don't always make headlines for the best reasons.
While texting a girlfriend the other day, and carefully packing up my favorite Kitsch items into my carryon I had an epiphany. What we were actually doing was "YOLO", we were seizing the day, or being really ridiculous, but in a way that wasn't effecting anyone. 

Lianne and I have the best adventures, and this short trip to Sydney, Australia was certainly one of them. In seventeen hours we managed to travel from Brisbane to Sydney, stay at a lovely (and cheap! thanks to livingsocial!) hotel in the center of the city, and get access to see Childish Gambino's (Also known as Donald Glover, who plays Troy in Community) first Australian show. We have lovingly decided to call our adventures #theadventuresofching because what's the point in having great times if they can't be hash tagged and then documented on instagram? (Totally kidding!)

But before you think, wow- you just went to a concert. It wasn't ANY concert, it was a concert that sold out in a record breaking ELEVEN minutes. So obviously, we had no tickets. That's were the power of social networking comes in, Donald Glover I (Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover II's father) tweeted me to see if I had made it into the concert, and voila! Tickets were at the door. 

Now the point of this is to let you know that anyone can have something miraculous happen to them. I didn't know him, or anyone in connection with him but got insanely lucky. Probably through much tweeting (which I hate, I only got a twitter for this reason) and positive thinking. 

Moral of the story? Think positive, never stop going and seize the day. Seize the day whether it be traveling, meeting new people, venturing beyond your comfort zone, testing your personal limits or just having a GOOD time. You do only live once, so make sure you make the most of it!

Oh- and don't forget to have Kitsch on your wrist. 

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