Have you heard of YOLO? It’s pretty hard to avoid this acronym meaning “you only live once.” A lot of people don’t like the term, but I like the spirit of it… if not the current application. I think “you only live once” is a good thing to keep in mind, at least, if you believe it 🙂 Reminding yourself to have unforgettable experiences is important. And I always worry about regretting what I didn’t do.
Similar to YOLO is FOMO. That’s “fear of missing out.” I see this one as more of a mixed bag. I think it’s good not to miss out and get outside of one’s comfort zone. However, if all of your decisions are driven by fear of missing out, then it’s hard to know what you really want. I will totally cop to being a little too prone to have fear of missing out. As a result, I try to do too much and get tired. I also get a little jealous of people who get to have cool experiences 🙂
Something I learned about recently is JOMO – the “joy in missing out.” I thought this was a fun twist on these new motto acronyms and quite profound. There’s something quite peaceful about chilling out instead of going out. At least in moderate doses.
Thinking about YOLO, FOMO, and JOMO of course led me to write a quiz about it. Are You Yolo, Fomo, or Jomo? Give it a whirl to see which of these mottos you most espouse.
Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):
- What do you get on Are You Yolo, Fomo, or Jomo? Is it true for you?
- What are you most afraid of missing out on (FOMO)?
- What are you happiest to miss out on (JOMO)?
- Do you embrace “you only live once” (YOMO) in any way?