You have probably heard the anacronym FOMO or fear of missing out.
When I first heard that term used I thought “that’s not me. I don’t mind missing out on social events. In fact it’s probably not a problem for most introverts.”
Then I learned more and realized it could also include fear of missing out on things that upgrade our technology and further our careers “Ok, so maybe it is relevant to me.” FOMO is causing people to have overwhelming anxiety and fear that they are not keeping up with their peers. “No, I’m not worried about that.”
At some point I realized there is something I have a fear of missing out on and that’s a learning opportunity -- especially one that is about something new, sometimes obscure, that few people yet know about. When I hear about a wonderful new program where I will learn a new strategy that will be useful in expressing my passion; That is what hooks me. Sometimes I end up do training that I may even use someday. So is there something I need to do about my FOMO?
Well, this week I heard a new term that intrigued me JOMO . It stands for Joy of Missing Out. Now here is something I can relate to. It’s being promoted as an alternative for FOMO and involves enjoying the present moment, and being aware of the awesome things that are all around you.
You appreciate what you have, take a break from social media which fosters FOMO, and use your time to relax spending time with yourself.
It is what I’ve been advocating you do to live a higher conscious life. Relish the simple pleasures you enjoy. Be mindful when you are doing every little thing. Connect with nature and spend a few moments breathing in the oxygen from that tree that you are passing. Take time to BE not do.
So if someone entices you with an activity that may result in your endless regret if you bypass it, Remember: You can tell them you’re going to chill and choose JOMO.