18 Jul

“I find,” Clent murmured after a pause, “that it is best to treat borrowed time the same way as borrowed money. Spend it with panache, and try to be somewhere else when it runs out.” ~Eponymous Clent

I absolutely love this quote from Fly by Night by Francis Hardinge. And, fun fact if you’re interested in languages: this quote translates into modern English as “YOLO.”

In case you have been living in the mountains for the past few years, YOLO stands for “You Only Live Once,” and it has become the hashtag for doing stupid things. (No, mountain person, I’m not going to explain hashtags to you. Figure that one out yourself.)

The thinking behind this is that we are young, and we have one life, so… we should make bad decisions?

… For the sake of telling interesting stories later?


That’s not what it should mean.

Speaking as a teenager, I know for a fact that one of the things we hate the most is being treated like children. But if we act like children, then why shouldn’t we be treated as such? If we want to spend so much time asserting our youth with childish actions, then we kind of deserve the down-talk our generation gets.

I’m not talking “acting like children” when we go see Monsters Univeristy in theaters (no judgment, I did that the other day) or when we blow bubbles in public (even less than no judgment) or when we read kids’ lit just to feel like a nine-year-old again (one of the best things you can do). I’m talking about a lack of foresight. I’m talking about doing things without a thought of others or for the consequences; I’m talking about doing things for the sake of mere rebellion.

Child-like innocence is lovely, child-like joy is radiant, and child-like wonder is magical. Child-like reasoning is something no one desires.

One of my favorite scripture verses is 1st Timothy 4:12, which says,

” Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”

Let no one look down on you because you are young; but first, what I need to remember is to not give people a reason to look down on me because I am young.

Because, lesbihonest: #YOLO is not a bad thing.

YOLO is a good reason to live intentionally, to do good, and to have fun.

However, YOLO is not a good reason to act like a moron.

To quote Bill Copeland,

“How strange to use ‘You only live once’ as an excuse to throw it away.”

YOLO is a reminder to make the most of your life, and neither YOLO nore youth is an excuse to do thoughtless things. Or, at least, they’re not good ones.

Youth is given to us as an on-ramp to being adults, and if we’re not speeding up properly, we’re gonna get run over when we hit the parkway. It’s gonna be a mess, and we’re gonna back up traffic for hours, and everyone who has to take a detour is going to grumble and curse our names as they attempt to maneuver a new route. They’ll probably be late for dinner because of us. That’s not something anyone wants on their conscience.

That metaphor ran away with me.

Sorry about that.

Let me try again.

*clears throat*

You Only Live Once.

And my greatest wish is that none of us be remembered as the person who didn’t care about it.


26 Responses to “#Hashtag”

  1. whovian99 July 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    How come on most of your posts, the pictures don’t show up? It’s just a blank white square with an x in the corner. 😛

  2. Kayla Sanchez July 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Thank you for making this distinction! I probably act like the biggest child ever, in terms of my interests and habits, but foresight is something I take very seriously. YOLO: read whatever book you want, not YOLO: let’s not even think about consequences and act like crazy people.

    • Emory July 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Yes yes, thank you! And same here exactly – I had free reign of the netflix the other day, and I chose Phineas and Ferb.

      • Kayla Sanchez July 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

        I’ve been watching the Suite Life of Zach and Cody:D

      • Emory July 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

        Aw, yeah! What good taste you have there!

  3. whovian99 July 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    You Obviously Love Oreos, is how I prefer to take YOLO. xD

    • Emory July 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      Aw, that’s a shame they’re not showing up! 😦 They show up on my computers. Maybe your browser hates my blog?
      And I DO love oreos, so maybe I’ll do a post on that next! 😀

      • whovian99 July 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

        Yeah, I dunno. Oh well. 😛

        Yes, I LOVE Oreos too!! You should totally do that!! 😀

  4. Merrilee G Lewis July 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    That was so incredibly wise for someone so young. Thanks – going to re-;post 🙂

    • Emory July 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

      Aw, thanks Sweetheart!

  5. The Voyager July 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    YES. There’re definitely times to be child-like (faith, wonder, joy, etc.), but once you’re no longer a child, the there is never a time to be childish.

    (Except for maybe when Moffat tortures you emotionally and you whine like a five-year-old.)

    • Emory July 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      Moffat… Making sniveling infants of us all. I don’t see our emotional trauma as anyone’s fault but his.

      • whovian99 July 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm #


  6. Emily C. July 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Aw. That’s great, again. I too get peeved by the hey, why not, yolo let’s do something really really stupid type. Frequently I think I’m more ‘whatever’ than childlike joy and wonder than I would like, but then…. I also regularly have times of being my inner 12-year-old in doing the fun things I want to, and excitedly geeking out over something (is geeking out over something, by nature, being child-like about it, it seems?)

    But yeah… wish I ‘allowed’ myself more spontaneity and yolo-style moments… working on that. 🙂 Just as a side note, speaking of things that spurred excited wonder, don’t suppose you mind me updating you (if you haven’t kept up) with that Sherlock episode title game thing they were doing I mentioned to you a bit back? 🙂

    • Emory July 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

      I would so not mind you keeping me updated! 🙂 if it’s not too much trouble!

      • Emily C. July 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

        Ha, of course not!! 🙂 🙂 With internet acquaintances that share common geek joys, I just always waver between happily bantering about said geekery, or trying not to spam too much and bother. 😉

        But anyhow… so I mentioned the unfair teasing (what else is new..heh) of the ‘words’ they’re giving us to get us excited again as they begin filming on the last episode shortly only being available in the UK re-runs, due to being hidden in the captions, but thankfully I’m on an awesome forum. We have since gotten the last words, so the whole finale episode title spells out…. His…. Last….. Vow.


      • Emory July 22, 2013 at 7:22 am #

        Vow? Whose vow? John’s wedding vow? That would probably be in the first episode if it’s happening, wouldn’t it? Augh!

        Sent from my iPod

      • Emily C. July 22, 2013 at 10:58 am #

        I know!! Gah… 😛 ;D Well, since we know the original ‘teaser’ words (rat. wedding. bow.) that give a hint to each ep, plus now each actual title (The Empty Hearse, The Sign of Three, His Last Vow), all of which are nods to canon stories but we don’t know how, and we know we’re in for a reunion and cases and John’s wedding (which is canon) at the very least… forum kinda went crazy wondering what it referred to. Sherlock vow to something? John’s last vow to Mary, having to pick between them? (ghhgg… that wedding vow of ’til death do us part’???) o.o

  7. HBubbles July 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Just discovered your blog through this post… And rest assured, you have just gained a new follower! Another Christian fandom member means instant connection. As if that wasn’t enough, we share opinions on the #YOLO movement. So, all that to say: Greetings! And thank you!

    • Emory July 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

      Welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 And I hope this doesn’t sound creepy, but I’m pretty sure I follow you on Pinterest (how many HBubbles are there?) and I love your pins!
      It is very lovely to virtually meet you!

  8. HBubbles July 20, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    (Also, Frances Hardinge fans are rare enough I cling to each.)

    • Emory July 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

      AND you read Frances Hardinge? You are the first other person I have met who does! Cheers!

  9. Kire July 21, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    Thank you a million for addressing this subject. No one could have done it better!

    • Emory July 21, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      You are far too good to me, sweetheart! Thank you so very much!

  10. ashleyrachelle99 August 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Thank you!

    • Emory August 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

      🙂 Anytime!

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