What the heck is JOMO? Well, by this time, most of us know that FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out. And this seems to be an affliction that my entire generation is suffering from. A lot of it has to do with social media – we’re watching our peers party, attend concerts, visit restaurants, be the coolest person on the internet, and we don’t want to miss out on the fun.
But this whole FOMO thing can be exhausting.
I was listening to The Sheroic Podcast a while back (I have been a Cassey Ho fan for a few years, now) and one of the hosts brought up an idea she had learned about called JOMO.
What could that possibly mean???
Well, it’s just the opposite of FEAR of missing out. The J stands for joy. JOY of missing out.
When I heard that, I legitimately gasped out loud and I could feel the lightbulb turning on above my head. Of course! Joy of missing out! JOMO! It’s brilliant!
People should take joy in missing out on stuff. You should be joyful that you don’t have to put on pants, that you get to snuggle up in your pj’s for the evening, that you get to go to bed early. You should take joy in having time to rest. You should take joy in relaxing and recuperating. JOMO.
And just rephrasing one little acronym to turn it into something positive is so liberating. When it was FOMO, I really did find it a little stressful to be missing out on things. But when I turned it into JOMO in my mind, I stopped minding so much, and relished the fact that I could make the decision to stay in and do nothing while my friends went out.
So, I guess the two big lessons this week are:
- Changing how we use our words can change how we perceive different ideas.
- JOMO is awesome. FOMO sucks. Think JOMO.
And have a happy new year!
P.S. I didn’t JOMO on New Year’s Eve, because even I can’t pass up waiting around until midnight to tell my friends how much they mean to me.