> FO·MO – Fear of Missing Out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website. <
This four letter word has been phenomenon for who knows how long and was officially incorporated into the Oxford dictionary in 2013. It’s something that our society, especially my generation, needs less of. Much less of. I’m sure it has been around for ages but thanks to the various forms of social media, has had more of an impact in recent years. We have so many stimulants in society that keep us thinking about what we should do, should work on, should look like, places we should travel to, and on and on.
Sure, sometimes having certain images circle around social media can have a positive effect – you can get inspired to try new meals, plan trips, or get out and about. Unfortunately it can also become a detrimental factor in making you feel worse about what you already do and that’s not cool. A fun company called Eventbrite, which enables people to create invites online, is leading the charge on this GOMO mentality, considering it the new FOMO. So today on the first of June, I make a pledge to filter out the FOMO in my life and I hope I can encourage a few to do the same.
How does that work? First start by writing a list of things that you enjoy and would be happy to do in your free time. Now set the seed and make it happen! Bring friends or go solo but now is the chance to carpe diem! Of course the next part of that is to commit to your plans and not comparing them to others. Remember, you do you.
This summer, instead of sitting around and having said FOMO, how about trying GOMO or Getting Out More Often? There are plenty of ways to stay busy during every season and thankfully summer is one where we can really get out and play. Thank you also to summer Fridays, which will allow me to hopefully escape the city or at least soak up some rays in Central Park. Here are some other ways I plan to get out more:
- go for a bike ride outside of the city
- bike to a brewery
- bike to the beach
- attend one of Brooklyn’s Smorgasburgs (Prospect Park 7/3/16)
- take a trapeze class
- have a picnic in Central Park
- run in a NYRR race (Women’s Mini 10K + Pride Run)
- cheer my friends on in a NYRR race (or other race)
- watch a baseball game
- attend a workout in Times Square (yeah that one happens to be NP sponsored) YAY FREE FITNESS!
- find some sun and surf
- enjoy an ice cream cone
- soft serve
- artisinal (June – Van Leeuwen)
- find the best lobster roll in town
- make some new friends
- hike outside of the city
(click picture or here to link to Outdoorfest’s website!)
- go to Gallow Green (again) because fancy floral rooftops = winning
- see a musical
- attend a summer BBQ/hang-out
- turn my phone off at least once a week and/or weekend
- be happy with myself and the decisions that I make
So now I’m committing to the world wide web. I will truly do my best to staying in the moment, not letting myself get wrapped up in other people’s trips, travels, excursions, or pictures. Instead, I’m going to encourage myself and as many people as possible to seize the day, the moment, the hour, and do more of what pleases me! Who is in??
P.S. If you are curious about starting your own event, definitely check out Eventbrite as they support ticket sales as well as other features like discounted options for non-profits!!