How to YOLO

How to YOLO

Three Parts:

That's the motto. YOLO is Drake-approved Internet-speak for "You only live once." If you want to live your life to the fullest, you can learn how to seize the day in both big and small ways, as well as how to avoid laziness, letting yourself get busy in the best possible ways. After all, you only YOLO once.


Seizing the Day

  1. Try to do one new thing each day.If you want to YOLO, don't try to do it all at once. Do new stuff each day, but only a few things. If you YOLO yourself to death today, you've still got to do some exciting stuff tomorrow. Think of it as a life-long process. Pace yourself.
    • Avoid having identical days back-to-back. Especially if you're in school or working, it's easy for all the days to blend together if you're not careful.
    • Sometimes, YOLO can get a little repetitive. You don't have to go crazy every day, if that's your usual go to. Sometimes the wildest thing you can do is take it easy.
  2. Stop making plans.Instead of making plans, just show up and come up with plans on the fly. Fly by the seat of your pants. Allow for spontaneous chance to make your plans for you, and you'll be grabbing life by the horns. Make it up as you go along.
    • Don't decide what you're going to do with your friends on Friday night if it's Tuesday. You've got a whole lifetime to live in between those days. Don't worry about what you're going to do tomorrow, just worry about the next 15 minutes, and how you'll make them fun.
  3. Meet a new person.Shake up your regular routine by introducing new people into your world. The more people you know, the more unpredictable life will be. Just walk up to a new student at school and introduce yourself, then start a conversation.
    • Make lots of different kinds of friends. Don't limit yourself by social types. If you're a jock-type, make friends with some smart kids at school, or some artsy kids. Have male friends and female friends, gay friends and straight friends. Get to know everybody.
  4. Try a new food.One of the easiest but nicest ways to try a new thing each day is to try a new food. Little changes are the easiest to make regular in your life. Eat something different for lunch each day. Switch it up.
    • You don't have to go crazy with expensive meals. New food doesn't have to be fancy. Just try a different variety of energy drink to add a little spice to your life, or a different variety of cereal.
    • Give yourself a food challenge to make yourself get creative. If you have a sandwich every day, cut bread out of your diet so you'll have to figure out how to have different foods, other than sandwiches.
    • Instead of going on a big shopping trip once a week, go on small trips regularly, so you can get different stuff. If your parents do the cooking, try volunteering to do more meals, so you can change it up yourself.
  5. Explore new tunes.Giving yourself the right soundtrack for adventure can help you write those adventures. Don't get stuck in a musical rut. Find new tunes and explore different kinds of music to make each day sound different, even if it starts to look the same.
    • Look backward. If you mostly listen to new bands, figure out who your favorites were influenced by, then check those acts out. If you like Katy Perry, check out Madonna, Cher, and then go back to Etta James and Bessie Smith. Find the history of the music you like.
    • Look forward, too. Always keep an ear to underground music blogs and sites to get a feel for new music. Or just plug into Spotify or Pandora and listen to what it suggests.
  6. Be totally honest with people.If you mostly do what's expected of you, or say what you think other people will want to hear, you're not YOLO-ing. Instead, listen to the beat of your own drummer. Don't change what you say or do to accommodate the opinions of others. Speak from the heart and drop some truth bombs.
    • Stop trying to sacrifice yourself to make other people happy. Don't compromise if you want to be the singer in the band because you've got the best set of pipes.
    • Remember to keep yourself in check and be honest with yourself. It's important to be tactful and not be cruel. YOLO isn't an excuse for being a jerk.
  7. Write up your bucket list.YOLO is like a bucket list that always keeps regenerating itself. Each day should be like your last. But it's still a good idea to have a real bucket list, since you probably just can't wake up today and decide to hike to Machu Picchu. Plan complicated or difficult things you definitely want to accomplish ahead of time.
    • What do you want to do before you die? What can you do today to move yourself closer to that goal? Look at the little steps that will need to happen to get there.
    • If you want to hike to Machu Picchu, you might not be able to leave today, but you can research how to get there, how much it will cost, and other information. YOLO by getting smart.

Kicking it Up A Notch

Being More Active

  1. Get off the computer.Even though it might seem real, Facebook isn't your life. If you're spending hours and hours plugged into your computer, pull yourself away and go outside. Try to avoid sitting with your laptop, phone, tablet, anything with an Internet connection for more than 20 to 30 minutes a day.
    • If you have to spend more time at your computer for school or work, try to balance it with a significant amount of time doing other things. When you're done with work, don't mess around on Facebook or YouTube. Go play basketball or hang out with your fiends. Don't check your e-mail until the next time you're at work.
  2. Watch less TV.Sure, there are a lot of decent shows on television. But you've got plenty of time to watch them. If you want to YOLO, you've got to get off your duff and start doing things. That means not sitting around catching up on Downton Abbey.
    • Earn your TV time by doing other fun things. For every hour you YOLO, let yourself watch 30 minutes of TV. Good trade.
  3. Be with people as much as possible.When you're around people, especially new people, you'll be off balance and living in the moment. It's easier to YOLO when you're socializing with your friends as much as possible. Make lots of friends and spend time with them.
    • YOLOing doesn't mean that you have to do everything that your friends do, or that you should be a total follower. Use your own voice and do what you want. Don't just follow the crowd.
  4. Say yes instead of no.Being agreeable is a good way to YOLO. Do you want to go out tonight? Sure, why not? Do you want to drive across town and check out the rodeo? Heck yes. Do you want to go to the dance and perform "Thriller" as a flash-mob with your friends? Believe it. If it comes down to "doing something" vs. "not doing something," err on the side of doing something.
    • Stop saying "can't" when you get an invitation. You "can't" dance? Come on. Believe you can and start moving. Say you can and worry about the details later.
    • Again, this isn't an excuse for engaging in risky or dangerous behavior. If doing something legitimately makes you uncomfortable, don't do it.
  5. Start exercising in a YOLO way.Exercising can be a dull enterprise, or it can be a great and healthy way to seize the day and YOLO, if you do it right.Exercise doesn't have to be a strict kind of aerobics. It can be a blast. Try the following YOLO-worthy exercise ideas:

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    How do I know if I YOLO too much?
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    If you are regularly willing to risk your life and other people's lives.
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    Can I be a Buddhist and still YOLO?
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    Yes. Though Buddhism encompasses a much wider range of thoughts, it also teaches happiness. YOLO is a considerably smaller idea, focusing on not letting too many opportunities go to waste. There is no reason why you can't combine them.
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  • Be yourself. By doing this, people will look up to you and you might start a fad or something. You want to be your best self.
  • If none of your friends are in town, listen to some music on full blast and dance around. Go on a long walk down a street that you almost never go on. Learn how to do something random (the splits, how to play guitar, or how to ride a bike with no handlebars.)
  • Make a fool out of your self in public. Don't steal though, and don't be rude in public. Simply stop caring so much about how people look at you. Go about your everyday activities with a little more spice than you normally would. Make yourself remembered.
  • Try not to be boring. Call up a friend or two on the weekend and do something that you can look back on! Make cupcakes not so seriously, go to the mall and people search or try on a bunch of things and take hideous or super cute pictures. Go see a movie premiere with some guys. Just do something you don't always do!


  • YOLO doesn't mean going out and partying all the time, or jumping off cliffs. It's for fun, not being dangerous or reckless.

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