Everyone talks about FOMO - the fear of missing out.
What are people posting on social media? Where are they going on vacation? What are they wearing? What are they driving?
It's easy to feel like missing out on something without constantly checking our phones or social media feeds. We may feel pressure always to be doing something, going somewhere, upgrading something, researching a purchase, or hanging out with someone, lest we miss out on some exciting opportunity or experience.
If you let FOMO take hold, it's a self-perpetuating circle - one likely to get worse with every social media check, every comparison, and every moment you're living in a way you feel like you should. The will to resist is like a muscle. A muscle that gets weaker if we don't use it.
Then there's JOMO - the joy of missing out. It's the antithesis of FOMO and all about finding contentment in the present moment, even if that means choosing to miss out on certain things. JOMO is like a muscle as well. The more you live your own life, the less you'll care about comparing yourself to others.
One of the joys of missing out is the ability to focus on what's truly important to us. When we're not constantly distracted by our phones or social media, we can be fully present in our daily lives and enjoy the simple things. We can live our own lives, not the lives of others.
Another benefit of JOMO is the freedom it provides. We don't have to feel obligated to say yes to every invitation or opportunity that comes our way. Instead, we can prioritize our own needs and wants and make choices that align with our values and goals.
Moreover, embracing JOMO can help us cultivate a sense of gratitude for what we have instead of constantly yearning for what we don't.
I like JOMO.
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