You probably already know what FOMO and YOLO means. It’s even recognized by the Oxford dictionary. But in case you don’t, let me fill you in:
FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out
YOLO = You Only Live Once
Both expressions have been overused to the point of exhaustion. So, what precisely are FOMO and YOLO, and why do so many young people suffer from them? It’s a fancy way of expressing that you should live in the moment, be spontaneous, take risks, and so on. And it’s something that my generation, the millennials, has come to define.
We millennials have a reputation for having a severe case of wanderlust. We, unlike previous generations, desire to travel and have fresh experiences…and wind up spending more money as a result. How do we plan for the future while living life to the fullest if we truly want to enjoy life to the fullest?
I hate to say it but I kind of have FOMO myself (even though I hate the term). As is characteristic of my generation, I’m less focused on stuff and more on what I’m doing with my time. I feel like I’m always constantly thinking about what country to go to next or what challenge to take on. And there’s no particular reason. It’s simply because I only have my youth for so long and want to do as much as possible now.
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But seemingly, that goes against the typical idea of retirement – working a 9-to-5 job for 65 years and then spending the last couple decades of your life having fun. So the main question is: how can millennials do everything they want to do now and still save for the future at the same time?
I definitely think it’s possible. Here’s how:
Find a company that will invest in you
You’re going to be working jobs you hate. It’s inevitable. But while doing so, keep searching for the one you love. Most importantly, find a company that will invest in you. Look for companies that provide free training, subsidized higher education, unlimited vacations days, and team outings. You spend a lot of time at work and you should invest that time in a company that is willing to do the same.
Be selective about how you spend your time
We only have so much time in a day. Instead of trying to do anything and everything that everyone else is doing, be selective about how you spend your time. Pick the things that are new, challenging, and push you out of your comfort zone. And avoid those comfortable ruts that we fall too often into.
Invest in experience, not ‘stuff’
This is one thing that all millennials are actually quite good at: investing in experiences, not stuff. FOMO essentially comes from the fear of missing out on experiences. Continue to spend your time investing in moments that you will remember. The high you get from buying something only lasts for so long.
Forget what everyone is doing
It’s tough not to be envious of other people when you go on social media and see the fabulous lives everyone is leading. But keep in mind everything you see on Facebook and Instagram is exaggerated. Forget about what everyone else is doing. Do what makes you happy.
Create your own path
While you may feel pressure from other people or society in general to be a certain person by a certain age, throw that doubt and fear out the window. Create your own path in life. It’s always going to be a challenge to find a balance between taking risks and playing it safe. But you’ll find it. YOLO-ing every once in a while isn’t such a bad thing. But always remember to think a few steps ahead as well.
How you ever experienced FOMO or wanted to YOLO? How did you handle it?