Y.O.L.O. or not...
It's been a while since I updated my blog. So long that even my mom called me from Nigeria the other day and asked me what was going on. I told her I've just been chillin' (truth is, I have a bunch of posts but they're either not finished or posted because they aren't where I want them to be). She's said ok but she's waiting on my next update...so here it is.
I'm an only child (this is not a complaint just a fact). Some people easily write that off and automatically assume that I'm spoiled, but I beg to differ. I think my parents did a good job of instilling some important ideals in me that help me to this day (but that's besides the point, just thought I'd put that out there...people will still have their opinions). I say that to say this...growing up the closest person to sibling I had was my uncle who was 10 years older than me. To this day I give him a lot of credit for my early maturity and my ability to conduct myself in the presence of older people. Every time I acted out he wouldn't let me hang out with him and his friends and being that young I always wanted to hang out with him and his older "cool" friends. Haha.
Now to the point of this post. My uncle had a philosophy or something he used to say all the time. I don't know if even he remembers saying this a lot but it stuck with me. What he always said was....
"Enjoy life when you're young, and tell the story when you're old."
Now this can be interpreted a lot of different ways. My interpretation of this is to live life with no regrets. Now this shouldn't be confused with the now known trend of YOLO (you only live once...like people didn't know they had only one life to live). Living life with no regrets to me means when you make decision stick to it. Don't second guess yourself. We as human beings innately know what's right and what's wrong. Now for the things that seem to be in that grey area go with your gut. If it doesn't go your way, oh well, you can't regret the decision you made. Even though I know it's tough not to when you're in the moment.
I've also noticed when I talk to old or older people they love to reminisce. You can physically see the joy in their face when they talk about the old times. When I tell them about some of the struggles in my life, more often than not they smile before they dole out their advice or their opinion on the situation. It's sort of like they're trying to convey to me to enjoy the struggle because when I get older I'll look back at these times as the good ol' days like they do. With that in mind I want to make my todays as memorable as possible so when I look bad and I'm telling my stories when I'm older it'll be worth telling. I want it to bring back nothing but good memories, feelings, and emotions.
In an attempt to keep this short and not so preachy I'll end it here. As always, I'll take some feedback...
What's your interpretation of my uncle's saying? What are the things you think are vital to enjoying life? Should the struggles you have at a young age really be enjoyable? Are there some wrong decisions that one can't help but regret?
Finally...what is your honest take on this YOLO trend?
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