Let me state, for the record, that I’m not usually a fan of internet “memes” or sayings. They come as fast as they go (“Sorry I’m not sorry” anyone?) and are usually some half-ass excuse for lazy/potentially illegal behavior. As far as half-baked acronyms go, this one is pretty bad. “You Only Live Once?” More like “You’re Only Looking Obnoxious.” I seem to be on the same page as most of the Onward State team.
People are always going to find a way to validate the poor decisions they make be it “whatever,” “I do what I want,” […] or anything else. There’s always going to be some catchy phrase to blow off their responsibility. Generally the phrases are at least accepted (if not embraced) by the generation that coins them– why is YOLO an exception?
Will people continue to do stupid stuff and try to justify it with a generationally-recognized “motto”? Yes. Will something replace it in a week? Yes. Will that make it less annoying? No. But that’s a good question. Why is this “YOLO” business any different than #sorrynotsorry or the like? It isn’t. The same responsibility-shirking individuals will continue to proliferate this behavior during day-longs and Greek Week events and/or justify their actions at said events.
So why are you trying to validate your behavior? Can’t you just do it? It seems as if you’re only trying to justify your activities to yourself.
Sorry I’m not sorry, just sayin’.