FOMO…The first time I saw this acronym, I had to google it to see what it meant.
Fear of missing out.
What was once just a vague thought, now has its own definition in the dictionary:
“the uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling that you’re missing out–that your peer are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better then you.”
Nearly 3/4’s of young adults report having experienced this phenomenon.
This “fear” can seem innocent, but can really create a lot of problems.
Here you are, a young couple just starting out in the world…such an exciting adventure.
Socia media is just a way of life for you. You innocently scroll through your feed and see what is going on with everyone.
New clothes here, a fun adventure there, an amazing new restaurant…the list goes on and on.
You feel that familiar twinge of “I want to be doing that”…”we are missing out”
This can quickly lead to debt and frustration if it isn’t something your bank account can support.
Here’s the thing I want you to remember…Fear comes from a place of scarcity. Fear comes from not thinking that you have enough.
Why are you choosing to believe that what you have in your life is not enough?
What if you could believe that you have exactly what you need to have for this time in your life.
Want the things you already have.
Don’t look to other people to tell you what you want.
Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t dream about doing those things…dreams are important people! Having dreams is how we grow.
I’m saying to be happy and feel the abundance of your own life. Love what is! Set goals to reach those dreams but don’t do it from a place of fear or neediness. Set goals from a place of love and excitement for yourself.
Change that “Fear of missing out” to: “I want to go on an adventure, and we are having the best adventure of our lives so far…we are young couple entering a new phase of life. I can’t wait to see what we will do together.”