FOMO apparently means Fear of Missing Out…Internet lingo it seems. I was told this recently by a teenager. She couldn’t believe that I didn’t know this…I just got thinking…Why the FOMO? Why should one have FOMO? What exactly is FOMO about? She said to me that when there’s so much going on and you can’t be everywhere but want to be, you’ve got FOMO. Hmm…
My thoughts – It’s not about wanting to be everywhere. It’s about wanting to be popular. It’s not about the experiences. It’s about the Instagram and Facebook ‘likes’ for those pictures. It’s not about living. It’s about approval from peers.
I am glad I have no FOMO nor the obligation to be everywhere. Yes, I like going out with people and doing interesting things but I am unapologetic in letting people know when I want to be by myself. I am unapologetic in wanting to do my own things from time to time. And do I feel like I would rather be somewhere else doing something else with someone else? Nah! Yes, at times I don’t get invited to be a part of certain things because people start feeling I may not join in for I want to do my own things. But that’s the price you pay for wanting ‘me-time’. And I am willing to pay that price.
If there is one thing I can say very confidently about myself at this point in time, it is the fact that I will never complain that I got so busy doing things that I didn’t notice life pass by me quietly. Yes I am busy…extremely busy. I have too much to do, lots to figure out, yet to settle down in this new life…But I am ‘living’ every moment…unapologetically, unabashedly and willingly. I am collecting memories every single day…the joys and sorrows are equally felt by my heart…my smiles are as honest as my tears. I am finally syncing with life and ‘living’ in the moment.
On that note…my most favourite quote from the book/movie – Peaceful warrior by Dan Millman –
“Where are you?” – Here.
“What time is it?” – Now.
“What are you?” – This Moment.
If I ever developed FOMO, I will be convinced that I picked wrongly of my choices. And it will be time to reassess myself, my life and my choices….for now, life without FOMO is GREAT!!!