22 Aug, 2015

FoMO- Fear of Missing Out

Photo by Anna Dziubinska

Have you ever felt addicted to the adrenaline rush of working constantly?

At the end of the day, do you worry you haven’t done enough?

Are you constantly looking for the next activity or opportunity for yourself or your family?

Do you have a nagging feeling you are missing out on what everyone else is doing?

If so, you may be suffering from FoMO like millions of Americans (including this one right here).

Fear of missing out or FoMO is “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent”. This social angst is characterized by “a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing”. While others defined FoMO as a fear of regret, which may lead to a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying event.In other words, FoMO perpetuates the fear that we have made the wrong decision on how to spend our time, as “you can imagine how things could be different”. (Wikipedia)

I first learned about FoMO from Adele Calhoun. If you’ve never met her, you’re in for a treat. Her work has greatly inspired and shaped me this year- especially this talk at Biola University.

These words, “To rest and to call people to rest is spiritual leadership,” have been ringing in my heart all year.

If you’re ready to live freely and lightly, watch this.

 

So, what do you think?