We've all heard the term, You Only Live Once. And after the magic wand of short hand texting, presto change-o, we get YOLO! Seeing as how you are currently reading a blog, I will assume that you are at least moderately internet savvy, so I'll spare you from any more YOLOisms.
But in my very own YOLO moment, I found myself alone in Argentina and befriending a lass from Ireland who introduced me to a term that she was applying to herself: FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out.
She had been travelling for several months and had found that she wasn't only taking on adventures because she was excited and eager to try X, but she was doing them because she didn't want to be the only one who hadn't. Can't you just hear your mom in the background, 'If everybody else jumped off a cliff..."?
And here we were, two grown ass women travelling on our own talking about the fear of missing out on all the fun others might be having. But I don't know that it's about peer pressure at this stage. No one is trying to encourage you to do this or that against your better judgement, you just can't resist the temptation. Someone has a fun idea and you're compelled to go with it. And isn't that the whole point of travelling? To meet new people and try new things? It is for me.
So maybe it's not FOMO, maybe it's TOJI: the Thrill Of Joining In
Think about it. I might be on to something here.