The flipside of YOLO is TOLO.

YOLO stands for You Live Only Once. YOLO reminds us that our lives are short and implores us to seize the day.

TOLO stands for They Live Only Once. It reminds us that other people’s lives are short. It nudges us to treat others with generosity and part with them on good terms, for there is no guarantee we would ever meet them again. This is patently true for the supermarket clerk or the flight attendant, but is also true for the parent we bid goodbye on the phone or the partner we kiss goodnight.

Both YOLO and TOLO are true. While YOLO is self-centered, TOLO fosters empathy and generosity.

Inspiration: Akimbo

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