WHY I’M HAPPY TO HAVE JOMO!
I went on an INVITE-ATHON – accepting EVERYTHING I was asked to. It wasn’t long before my FACE began to ACHE from my FROZEN smile, and my EYES began to GLAZE over from all the SMALL TALK
We’ve all been there. Or rather we haven’t – and that’s the problem. Slouching in front of the TV, watching a mediocre box set, we’ll scroll through our Facebook feed and see all our friends, neighbours and colleagues posting from the newest restaurant, the glitziest party, tucking into the most delicious-looking dishes handmade by a celebrity chef, or even on the red carpet, hanging out with genuine stars.
Most people will then suffer a twinge of jealousy and develop a severe case of Fomo – fear of missing out – which means they say yes to every invite. I, on the other hand, used to be consumed by a rage so intense I’d go on a Facebook culling frenzy, deleting everyone who seemed to be having a better time than me.
Best friends? Delete. Brother? Gone in a second. Even my mother was culled for a day. Her crime? Organising a surprise party 3,500 miles away that I couldn’t attend and posting pictures of it. Off to the block list they’d go until my rage subsided and, ashamed, I’d send a friend request. Luckily most decided to forgive me and let me into their virtual lives once more, but I decided some self-help was in order.
So I went on an invite-athon – accepting everything I was asked to. It wasn’t long before my face began to ache from my frozen smile, and my eyes began to glaze over from all the small talk. Even the brilliant nights out with friends left me exhausted and longing for my bed and my nights in front of the TV again.
Now, I’m happy to be found watching Chopped most nights, after the children are in bed, too content to even check my loved ones’ social media. Why? Because I have Jomo – the joy of missing out. I’ve helped my children achieve better grades by helping with their homework, my husband and I are closer than ever, and I’m feeling and looking healthier thanks to some early nights. Check out our feature on this latest phenomenon on page 50. It’s worth staying in for! Until next week,