I’ve been embracing what I call the “YOLO plan” a lot lately, and I’m pretty into it. The YOLO plan means that you take chances and try things even if you’re a little uncertain or nervous, because comfort zones are boring.
I’m not a spontaneous person by nature. In fact, one of my favorite phrases is “only dead fish go with the flow.” I like plans. I like to know what’s happening in advance. But I’ve been realizing that trying to control every and all aspects of life can slowly drive you insane.
As I said in this post, the other week I went to Nashville for a leadership and management training course. I had no idea what to expect and was terrified, but it ended up being one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.
On Saturday evening at about 4 p.m. I got a text from my friend Josh that said, “Hey, want to go to a Motley Crue concert?” The details of when we’d meet and who was going were sketchy (we got the tickets through Josh’s friend’s friend) which would normally have made me nervous. Also, I’d been sick for about a week. As a result, my first thought was “No, self. You’ve been so sick. The plan is sketch. Let your body rest.” Then I was like, “Actually, no. I love Motley Crue. This is their last tour. I will absolutely be there.” In the end, it was an amazing choice.
Here’s a shot of us pre-concert, pretending we didn’t see a pair of middle-aged people furiously making out to our left.
As it turns out, the show melted my face into a slippery puddle of pure joy on the floor. It was the best concert I’ve ever been to. Mick Mars looked like the Crypt Keeper. Nikki Sixx was a badass. Tommy Lee is still gorgeous. There was pyro and foul language and a 45-year-old woman behind me kept pulling her boobs out and basically resting them on my head. I can’t believe I almost didn’t go. Luckily I jumped on that YOLO plan. Here’s a picture I took from the amazing seats that we were lucky enough to get:
I have about a billion more videos/pictures posted on my Instagram, so check those out if you’re interested.
My advice? Get on the YOLO plan too, whether it’s regarding a concert or a job opportunity or a date or something else. Take risks. If it seems like a positive thing, go for it. Regret sucks and FOMO is real.