So picture this: you've been invited to Beyonce's house for an evening zumba session, but you've also been asked to go spend the evening penguin watching with David Attenborough.... The inevitable FOMO is too great for you to handle. There is only one solution to this problem. JOMO.
-For those of you in the know, FOMO is the fear of missing out (see previous blog post). But having recently taken some time out to re-evaluate the whole FOMO situation it has become apparent that a new light can be shed. A new positive light that only take a little self-assurance, but it's a mind-set that can go a long way when faced with that human problem of much needed personal space. This new door to open may in-fact be you closing the door to the outside world and truly indulging in a bit of JOMO:
What does JOMO entail? Well my curious little adventure seekers, that is the great thing about JOMO, it is TOTALLY up to you. You have the control to take that extra time you have given yourself, no obligation to engage in conversation, no commitment to leaving that comfy spot on the sofa you love so much, no self-doubt or nagging 'friend' can take this moment away from you, and no big bash or potential Beyonce booty-shaking can disrupt. This is your moment.
E m b r a c e t h e J O M O!
So does the idea of JOMO have you keen to give it a go-mo? Awesome, so here are a few ideas to get ultimate 'J' as you 'MO'...
Effort level: zero. Entertainment value: 10. It's just you, your screen, and nothing in between.
Make yourself a BANGIN' dinner.
Chewy chicken from Nando's with some semi-close acquaintances for company or a banging bowl of ramalama-ding-dong in your dressing gown? ....I know which one would give me more JOMO than FOMO.
Learn a new skill.
Not that you need any more skills to add to your already pretty packed portfolio of pure awesomeness, but hey, who knows what joyous hidden talents a Youtube tutorial can bring out of you?!
Ever turned down a night out then suddenly got that clubbing vibe? Well I bet that left you with some FOMO huh? It's about time you ditched that F and found that J because you are one decision, one grooving playlist and one rotating coloured ball of light away from entering the bedroom night club of your dreams. Not to mention it's free entry, lacks sweaty humans and you can go hard AND go home simultaneously! TAKE THAT, FOMO.
And that's the greatest joy of JOMO, because even if the above list doesn't spark up a fantasy of no-FOMO frolicking, I'm sure something will!
So next time you feel your brain nag at you with:
"oh look who has bailed again. *cough* loser*cough*"
Or someone hands you an implicit trigger dosage of FOMO by saying something along the lines of:
"Oh, you aren't coming out? Well...have a nice evening in."
Just remember, you WILL have a good evening because the power is in your hands. No likey, no lighty. Let Sir Attenborough and Mrs Knowles do their own thing. Have that Ramen with a heaping dollop of self-assurance because life is indeed what you make it and the curse of FOMO will only ever plague you if you darn well let it do so.
Get yo JOMO on.