JOMO Is The New FOMO: A Joy Of Missing Out Explained

JOMO Is The New FOMO: A Joy Of Missing Out Explained

Finding joy in the way you live life.

I am sure you are all familiar with the term “FOMO” (fear of missing out). It is a common refrain to our lives as we strive to balance work, friends, family, and, most importantly, a little bit (or a lot) of fun.

FOMO has levels. If FOMO is high enough, most likely you will attend some event even if you have a test the next day, a problem set to do, and still have to call your parents. Why is this? You are worried enough about what will happen — the fun, the memories — all while you're sitting in your room studying. If FOMO is between low and moderate, most likely you will stay in, but the event you are missing will weigh heavily on your mind.

FOMO is inevitable, challenging, and variable depending on the event, your schedule, and a variety of other factors that include but are certainly not limited to the amount of sleep you got the night before and your relationship with the individual inviting you.

Now, I introduce the term: JOMO. JOMO stands for joy of missing out and I am making a case for combining these two acronyms, one more commonly reiterated, into (J/F)OMO. In doing so, you have the opportunity to both feel the stress of possibly missing out on a potential source of fun, enjoyment, adventure, etc., but also can engage in mindful appreciation and exaltation that what you are doing is important, enjoyable, and right for you. It is absolutely normal to feel the joy and the fear, and in fact, I would argue that it is important to feel both together, at the same time. It's scary to forge your own path, to put your needs above those of others, and to know what you need even if it doesn’t correspond with those around you. It is also not black and white. There is much room for interpretation, analysis, and confusion as you comprehend these two sentiments in one package of how you lead your life.

Thus, even though it's difficult, I am making a conscious effort to take the fear and joy that accompany determining my life schedule and use them both to grow as a person. Be it deciding whether or not to study abroad or whether to go to a party on a Saturday night, it is all an opportunity to test and learn about yourself. I promise you are loved, appreciated, and acknowledged, and that everyone around you has to make these decisions constantly as well. So don’t feel alone and overwhelmed when you decide to go or not to go. Appreciate the moment, and know that there will be a next time. Yesterday afternoon, this meant deciding to go ride a zip line twice instead of studying for my physics midterm and it was fine. I had a wonderful time having a mini adventure and was able to resume studying afterward. If I had spent the whole time on the zip line fearing the consequences of not studying for the 45 minutes I was there, I would have squandered the joy I could derive from my perch on top of the world and subsequent letting go to speed down the line.

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?

With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot

Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

Because it's just that good.

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