You and FOMO

If you are like me, at first glance you didn’t even know what FOMO meant. It sounded a little like FEMA to me. Talking with my new BFF’’s, I asked them why they had gathered from Canada and San Francisco to be together. “FOMO” one clearly stated to me. I could either pretend to know or simply admit my stupidity. I chose to admit ignorance. I was surprised and entertained to learn it meant Fear of Missing Out.

Later I told another Gen Y that I had learned FOMO from my new BFF’S.  She asked me why I had not just asked her what it meant. I didn’t even know the term existed let alone ask for clarification. We don’t know what we don’t know.

That is why education and continuing education is so important, because we don’t know what we don’t know until we learn it. The whole process of finding out about FOMO made me wonder about the decisions we make: do we make them because we don’t want to miss out or do we make some decisions because we do want to miss out? I watched these four young ladies enjoying each other and seemingly enjoying themselves and thought at least for this occasion, they didn’t miss out. What about you?


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