Most of us have probably heard the expression YOLO.
You only live once – in other words, enjoy yourself as you one day it will all be over.
It’s fair to say the term is usually said when conducting a crazy act, partying hard, having fun, or maybe when we buy an outrageous, costly item that we might feel guilty about – YOLO!
Tim Hornsby, (featured above) has recently quit the mines and shares some of his insights and experiences working 13.5 hours a day, two weeks at a time.
Tim recently contributed some photos to ABC Open’s Mining Life, including one photo of a dusty water tanker with the letters YOLO drawn into the dust.
Tim says, “I would be working away and then that song by London Grammar called Wasting My Young Years would come on the radio. I felt so depressed. I felt like I was wasting my young years just like that song was about.
I’m young and I should be doing what I love like surfing, skating and seeing mates. I felt that I was stuck out there and I soon realised that time is more valuable than money.
I just couldn’t justify being out there anymore, especially when there were so many men I was working with that were depressed and they didn’t want to be there either”.
Tim remembers sketching into the water tanker the letters YOLO to help him and his colleagues remember that you do only live once. In other words don’t spend your life out there in the trucks!
Tim recalls “We kind of flipped the original meaning of YOLO. Whenever we had a bad day or something would go wrong out there, we would say over the two-way YOLO, and everyone knew that you were having a pretty bad time.
“Even if I was in debt, I would never go back.” Tim says.
“It’s easy to get used to that big money but you have no freedom. I would rather be poor and have freedom to surf and hang out with mates. I don’t think money brings you happiness, if anything it makes things worse.”
Tim worked on the mines for just over three years, and is currently enjoying surfing, camping and making surfboards.
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