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Yemisi Fancy’s #MyMainlandDiary: You Only Live Once (YOLO)

I woke up this morning at an awkwardly early hour. I crawled out of bed to see the blackout PHCN had been feeding us all of late and the thought of running a diesel generator all night was sickening to my bone marrow. So, I decided to stay up, meditate and make myself productive.

For what it’s worth, I never liked that word YOLO. Maybe because it became a cliché at some point with people just randomly naming their video after the word. But not until recently, that I really came in touch with it.

Sometime, in 2012 I was about rounding up my undergraduate program at the University of Lagos. I went on a stroll with a course mate and he asked me a question saying “do you know where the richest place on the planet is? I was trying to think of something, and he said the grace yard. And I was like what?

What was more creepy about his questions and answer at the moment was, we were walking past a grave yard by the UNILAG roads at the time. And he added “do you know how many potential artiste, governors, president, scientists, surgeons, architects, are lying down there lifeless who never had the courage for once to go for what they really wanted to do or are born to do against all odds?

At that moment, I just felt that answer was too deep. But I went back to my hostel that day thinking about what he said. So many times we take in so much of societal principles and standards that we literally forget who we are. The society and its standards will always breed fear in the heart of most people. We are so carried away by it sometimes we forget that we are not living for society but ourselves.

Some years back, it was more of an abomination to the society to tell your folks you want to be a professional photographer, a fine artist, a music artist, online/digital  marketer, media consultant e.t.c. If you aren’t a doctor, lawyer, accountant, you haven’t arrived. But things have changed now.

I will implore us that we go for that thing we love to do because the end game of life is happiness and fulfillment. And you cannot find fulfillment in what doesn’t make you happy.

Some of us get buried in so much work at the office that we forget that having a life outside work only makes us human. I know quite a number of people who wants to do something big, something extraordinary but constrain themselves with societal standards. We need to learn to forget everything else sometimes and focus on ourselves. Chase your dreams, live your dreams and find happiness in it. We are accountable to ourselves not society remember.

So it’s a YOLO Friday. Let’s live, but with wisdom. If you are driving, use your seat belts don’t text while driving.  Have a fun filled weekend and did I mention I have a huge surprise for you guys on Monday? Wait for it!!!







Idris Aina

Idris is a media and communications professional with keen attention to details. An entertainment enthusiast, he is an ardent fan of the team from the Red Side of Manchester with love for football banters. He tweets with the handle @arlomah.