#4: ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.’ ―Mahatma Gandhi
Here again we have another entry into the annals of inspirational quotes authored by none other than the Mahatma himself. Whereas the previous quote by him could be taken as a more solemn call to action, something timeless, this one, through no fault of Gandhi’s sadly seems all too pertinent in the age of the #Yolo generation.
For anyone not familiar with what #Yolo is or leans, first, ‘You Only Live Once’—unless you’re James Bond, of course, then You Only Live Twice, or as many times as MGM says, anyway—and second…just check out the latest by Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian.
Of course, it’s probably safe to say the author of so many inspirational quotes and the man who led India to freedom and stands as not just one of the most important figures in Indian history but in world history period PROBABLY had something a bit more insightful in mind than Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
In fact, that kind of attitude is something of the antithesis of what Gandhi means here—Keeping Up with the Kardashians, after all, is derived from the saying ‘Keeping up with the Joneses,’ an expression of defining one’s self-worth materially and by comparison to and competition with others.
‘Keeping up’ with friends, trends and celebrities can be a daunting task, and a tempting one for the #Yolo generation, but ask yourself—
How are you ever to get ahead if you’re always trying to ‘keep up’ with everyone else? Like Gandhi himself, this is one of those inspirational quotes that just keeps on giving.