Carpe Diem…or YOLO for you young’uns

While Garth Brooks is not my favorite country artist, he does have some fantastic songs that speak to the subject of this post.  “The River” is one of those songs:

So don’t you sit upon the shoreline
And say you’re satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide

These are some of my favorite lyrics of all time and the message is very much the same as one of his other songs that’s a favorite of mine, “Standing Outside the Fire”:  Live Your Life.

Whether you prefer carpe diem or the newer YOLO, follow Nike’s old slogan and “Just Do It”.  Get out and enjoy life.  Don’t hide in the house.  Don’t spend every moment in the at work, banking your leave for a payout when you retire.  You never know when your ticket is going to be pulled or when you’re going to be struck ill.  Tomorrow is promised to no one.  Make the most of your life while you can. 

I’m not saying to quit your job and live life by the seat of your pants, but don’t be afraid to take a chance, to visit places you’ve never been, to spend heavily on a trip to see old friends or take your family somewhere memorable or see a country you’ve always longed to see.

For those of us working class folks, it’s about choosing what’s important.  Do your job, make your money, but remember that you’re working so you can enjoy life.  Spend time with your family and friends.  When you’re old and feeble and can’t travel, it won’t have done you any good to have saved those precious pennies if you have no memories to recall other than how your boss could always count on you being there when he needed you.

Don’t stand outside the fire folks!

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  1. […] Some of my favorite lyrics here from one of Garth’s best songs.  Check out a post I wrote that was sort of inspired by some of Garth’s songs:  Carpe Diem…or YOLO for you young’uns […]

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