When I read this verse, “don’t worry about missing out” in the Bible, I can’t help but think of the FOMOs in my life.
Those things that occupied my mind, that kept me worrying. They even drove the way I live my life. Such a huge difference from the peace that God is offering to me.
What is FOMO?
According to Wikipedia, FOMO is “the apprehension that one is either not in-the-know or is out of touch with social events, experiences, and interactions”.
And in Urban Dictionary, FOMO is defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain caused by the fear of missing out”.
Oh, FOMO is also triggered by the consumption of social media, such as Facebook and Instagram. No surprises there. Ever felt some weird, lousy feeling after one too many scrolling of what’s happening in other people’s lives and why can’t I (fill-in-the-blank)? Even when the COVID19 pandemic has cancelled many things, the fear of missing out persists.
I see FOMO from a wider perspective though. I see that because of the fear of missing out, the symptoms of FOMO lurks its head in many areas of our lives.
Here is my take on the symptoms of FOMO:
Often feeling what you are doing at home, at work, never seems to be enough, to whoever’s standards, or your expectations.
Constantly driven to do more, more, more. (For what, actually?)
Nothing seems to be enough in life. If it’s enough, it lasts only but a while before you get up and chase the next shiny thing.
Difficulty in making decisions. Arghh!! I want it all!
Wanting. Just keep on wanting.
Difficulty to enjoy being in the moment.
For me, I suffer from thinking what I do is not enough. Who I am is not enough. I fear that I’ll miss out on greater things. And that has gripped me in how I live my life.
I chased after what is not true. And unhealthily compare me with other artists’ work. That has marred the joy of creating. I’m tired. I’m done.
I wanna stop chasing now. God, help me.
What is gripping your heart, your life, and you?
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