(My boyfriend claims this acronym has been taken over by teenage thugs, but I don’t care. It fits the theme of this blog perfectly, and the original sentiment is worth celebrating.)
YOLO = You only live once.
Or, to put it another way, seize the day!
There aren’t many things in this world that make me envious, but whenever I meet an avid traveller, how I long to literally follow in their footsteps.
How did they do it? Are they independently wealthy? Or comfortable with boatloads of debt? Did they backpack around Europe right after high school?
I’ve since learned that there are lots of ways to travel. You can apply to work abroad. You can travel on the cheap by couch surfing or staying in hostels. If you’re a writer, videographer, or photographer, you can see if someone will pay for your trip in exchange for your talents. You’d be surprised how often that happens.
But the main thing I learned was–if something is really important to you, be it travel or anything else, just do it! Take whatever steps necessary to make it happen, even if they’re baby steps. You’ll never regret it, I promise.
A few days ago I wrote about unexpected opportunities, and how important it is to keep your eyes open for them.
Almost immediately afterward, my best friend promoted an incredible seat sale to Hong Kong on her Facebook page. Now, China has been on my Top Five list of places to go for years, and if I got to Hong Kong, it’s not that much further to panda bears, the Great Wall, and terracotta warriors. Not to mention my dear friend Niki, who is currently living in Shanghai.
At first it seemed like too much of a hassle. Who wants to book a gazillion flights within China? Just for fun, I took a look at a popular tour company I’d heard a lot of good things about. And sure enough, they offered a tour package that hits all the things I desperately want to see in China. It even spends three days in Shanghai, so I could see my friend. Guess where the tour ends? Yep, Hong Kong.
So, there it was–my dream trip, along with the best seat sale to Hong Kong that has ever happened in the history of air flight (or pretty damn close). Should I book the trip or not?
There were practicalities to consider. I’d just recently returned from Bali and Lombok. I was finally on a roll with my writing and marketing, and seeing results. What if something happened to the house or the cats this year? That extra money could come in handy….
And I could die next year without ever seeing China. Unlikely, but true…we never know what life will throw at us. If you see something incredible, something you really want, seize it with both hands. (As long as it’s not illegal, of course.)
There will always be what ifs. There will always be a reason for us not to chase our dreams.
So, if you need a reason TO chase them, there you have it.
I booked the trip.