I first discovered the term YOLO last summer. My friend's teen daughter had told her Mom she needs to have more fun...”YOLO!” she said.
I was like, “What the hell is YOLO?”
“You only live once,” I was told.
Later, when I asked a lovely tween girl about the term YOLO and how cool I thought that was she stated nicely...”That is so old. We were texting that last year.”
What happened to the days when I was cool and new all the hot sh*t???
We mamas may be considered old to the kids, but we still gotta keep our fabulousness. When we are living our lives to the fullest and having fun in the process, we are fabulous.
One way to keep it fresh is to truly embrace the idea of YOLO. And to do that, as we age, we have to work to keep a joyful mind, body and spirit.
To me, that means music. All I need is to hear a favorite jam or a good beat and I smile joy, body can't sit still... singing and dancing is my innate true love.
Last summer, one of my favorite old school R&B bands was performing at Central Park's open air concert venue, Summerstage. Rain was in the forecast, but that wasn't stopping me and my girls. So, the band is performing and the rain just starts pouring. Hundreds of people start clearing out. In my mind, they were missing all the fun. So we are there in the pouring rain, getting drenched, I turn around and somehow the largest electric slide I have ever seen just naturally started emerging as it poured. The bass is still deep, the band still doing their thing, rain not deterring them and everyone just realized that was a once-in-a-lifetime memorable moment of pure fun. It was all about YOLO.
What about you? Today, we have a thousand adult responsibilities. Sometimes we just need to go back in the day and do what we love...whether it's something innate from childhood or some new activity you just discovered.
When I stopped to think of something else I love, but never do anymore, I thought of rollerskating. I am determined to a hit a rink soon. What do you love to do for fun? Do you do it? If not, make a move. YOLO.
Here's what to do to truly embrace the concept of YOLO:
Make a list of 5 things you love to do
Try to do one super fun activity this week or next.
Look at your calendar and actually schedule in your fun....(this may not work for everyone, but it helps me. If I don't put my dance class in my schedule, I'll book other things or not go.)
Make a pact with your self...you will make fun a priority....YOLO
Share with me what you do for fun in the comments below....