You only Die Once (YODO).

I write to disturb the comforted and here I go.In the period bc(before covid), bars and night spots were open and social distancing was unheard of, it was zero distance, no mosquito could pass.

Perhaps the narrative should be changed into “YODO”, meaning “You Only Die Once”. This kind of thinking instills a sense of urgency. It reminds us that life is too short to not make a meaningful impact with our lives. It reminds us that the generation before us had a mission of destroying a repressive system, and our own generation’s mission is to build a new one.

I often heard young people saying ridiculous things like “YOLO”, meaning “You Only Live Once”. This, ofcourse, is used as an argument in the justification of why they are so reckless and irresponsible. When they want to party up a storm or drink ourselves to a stupor, they’ll argue that you only live once.

We must live in such a way that we leave footsteps on the sands of the continent. The popular argument that suggests that ours is a “born free generation” of depoliticised and useless youth must be made history. We only die once, but if we die having left something behind for our children to build on, then we would have died on our feet as opposed to only living once but doing so on our knees!

We are not a “born free” generation, we are a born to free generation. And therefore in all we do, let us bear in mind that YODO…you only die once!

Death is more universal than life, we shall all die. So let us know that you only die once especially in these times because You Only Die Once.


  1. Onyinye Udeh says:

    True words indeed.
    Death is an inevitable end, surely.
    We must remember this before making an decision. What kind of life are you living?
    What impact are you leaving behind? Eventually, you only live once because in the long run, you only die once!

  2. The Sparrow says:

    YODO! Makes sense when put that way

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