This is the second article that I’ve written about Drake and despite what the title suggests I am a fan. From his debut single “Best I Ever Had” to his most recent “How About Now?” I have followed Drake since his mixtapes and pretty much fall in love with every catchy hook he produces. I love his ability to create and articulate a tagline for a moment in time/culture which will resonate with the masses and usually floor me. I went to his concert a couple of years ago and I still remember screaming “DRAKE, PLEASE, LOOK AT ME, WHAT ABOUT ME?” as he identified members of the crowd and personally thanked them for coming to the show.
So what’s my problem?
As I sat in one of my English lessons this week, I realised that I have a strong dislike for the term Y.O.L.O (You Only Live Once). Released by Drake in 2011, “The Motto” was another hit that blew up and its success resulted in the term Y.O.L.O becoming firmly fixed in our lexicons. I guess Y.O.LO is another way of saying ‘Carpe Diem’ (seize the day). I love the idea of seizing the day: whenever I hear the term I imagine taking hold of the day with both hands and making every moment count. Perhaps at the heart of the term “Y.O.L.O” lays a similar sentiment but the contexts I hear the term Y.O.L.O used in makes me think otherwise.
When people usually use the term Y.O.L.O they are usually using it a way of dismissing the likely negative consequences of a decision they are about to make. For example:
I want to go out tonight and I have work at 8am tomorrow… YOLO!
My exam is in two days and I haven’t revised…YOLO!
Maybe my experience of the term isn’t representative of how it is used, but over the years I have only heard it being said when people are doing things that could be detrimental to their well-being. I don’t hear:
I’m going to start eating healthily because…YOLO
I’m going to work really hard throughout my academic career because..… YOLO
I am going to travel to as many countries as possible because…YOLO
I am going to spend time building better relationships with my siblings because…YOLO
I am going to help the poor because….YOLO
I am going to volunteer at a homeless shelter this Christmas period because…YOLO
I am going to speak that person that everybody has walked away from because…YOLO
I am going to read my Bible even though I don’t feel like it because… YOLO
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
There are days where I don’t feel like reading my Bible. I wake up and I’d rather scroll through my Instagram feed than open the Word and meditate on it. There was a time where I would have waited to ‘feel’ like reading my Bible but now I understand that it is a habit that needs to be cultivated, a discipline that must become enshrined in my daily routine regardless of how I feel. No matter how I ‘feel’ in the morning before reading the Word, I am always challenged by what I read and it is ultimately for my benefit.
My challenge to you today is do something that will benefit you, your Christian walk and your life because…Y.O.L.O.
Lots of loving,