Yesterday I wrote about FOMO, so let's look at JOMO - the Joy Of Missing Out.
In an interconnected world where we're 'on' 24/7, or at least, people have access to us around the clock and there is always something going on somewhere that social media makes us aware of, it actually takes decided and dedicated commitment to missing out.
Missing out was once a passive act, like just not showing up to a party or just not doing your assignment, but nowadays it's an active stance. In fact, one might argue that FOMO leads to a whole lot of inaction: We sign up to a hundred things, joining another hundred communities, try and do it all and in the process are missing out because we're running around like headless chickens, overwhelmed, tired, stressed and fuelled by worry, not really enjoying, savouring or deeply experiencing anything much.
Whereas, to experience JOMO you have to take action, such as, for example, turning off your phone, deleting your social media account, saying no and deal with the consequences, set boundaries and adhere to them, create space - in your head, in your diary, with your family.
There is definitely joy in missing out because of how much you'll gain by not overloading and overburdening your brain, but you have to become an active participant to achieve it and stay present to savour it.
Your life, your choice!
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