by Emma Polini
Ever since Z100 decided to overplay yet another song, this time Drake’s "The Motto," YOLO has become a common saying among youth.
While the literal meaning of YOLO (You Only Live Once) can be applied to many situations, a bit of restraint is needed when assessing when to drop the most overused acronym since LOL.
While Drake’s lyrics don’t typically call for a dissection of its meaning, his song is being widely misinterpreted by listeners.
What if, when asked why he was running for president, Mitt Romney responded with "You know, YOLO, why not vote Romney?" If this really were Romney’s response, then Newt Gingrich might have a shot at becoming the Republican presidential nominee.
Contrary to popular belief, YOLO is not an acceptable response to any given situation.YOLO is supposed to be the motivator to live life to the fullest, not somebody’s justification for getting wasted.
Imagine if Amanda Bynes pleaded "YOLO" for her recent DUI. Not only would the judge sentence her to an extended stay on Celebrity Rehab, but the dancing lobsters would be too ashamed to ever party with her again.
While it may be liberating to behave recklessly,YOLO has become a childish excuse used to validate unjustifiable actions. People need to realize that their actions have consequences that affect others.
But, when used with a bit of discretion, YOLO can be a positive motivator in life. It can be that extra push that inspires somebody to fill a friend’s car with balloons to ask them to prom.
t would also serve as an acceptable answer if anyone asked JT why he ditched NSYNC.
But YOLO isn’t an excuse to audition for Sixteen and Pregnant or for dating Kanye West in order to stay relevant. It means that people should take chances on things that really matter.