YOLO

You only live once.

That’s true in several ways.

WITHIN STORIES

As far as we know, we only have this one life.

Even if there is something like reincarnation, we only live this life once.

Even if we live over days, years, and decades, we only live this moment once.

These are all ways it’s true within stories.

IN A MORE IMMEDIATE SENSE

And there is a more immediate and direct way it’s true.

All my experiences – all my ideas about the past, future, and present – happen here and now. It all happens within my sense fields. It all happens within and as what I am.

I only live once because, to me, it all happens within and as what I am.

To me, my past and future and present, and all the moments of my life whether there is just this one human life or rebirth happen within and as what I am.

YOLO

So in all these ways, within stories and more immediately, I only live once.

DRAFT

You only live once. That’s true in several ways.

Even if there is reincarnation, we only live this life once.

Even if we live a life over days, years, decades, we only live this moment once.

And really, we only live once. All our life happens within and as what we are. Time and space and all our ideas about past, present, and future, happen now and within and as what we are.

All our present moments – the ones from the past, now, and future – happen within and as what we are.

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And there is an even more fundamental way it’s true.

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