The Joy of Missing Out (#JOMO)

It’s that time of year. We’ve all been going hard, running ourselves at top gear to make the most of our longer days. You’ve done your best to #MaximiseSummer, and now that it is officially September: breathe a sigh of relief!

It’s Autumn, the season when premature hibernation is back in fashion. OK, sure, technically it doesn’t begin until Sept. 22 (good news for you sunshine stalkers) but we’re prepared to let it be known now:

Staying in is the new going out.

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I always said Homer Simpson was the smartest person in his room.

Introverts, extroverts…ambiverts? However you think of yourself, the point is that the spirit, intention, principle – what have you – of JOMO is for everyone. In our go-go-go hyper-connected world it actually takes effort to do nothing.

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So what is JOMO?

Here’s the scenario. When the weather is nice (for once) and your people are out and about – sometimes you’re just not feeling it. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to avoid JOMO’s annoying twin, FOMO, and while you don’t *need* an excuse for staying in and watching Mad Men for the third time, having one at hand can help avoid a social pickle.

(That said, if there are pickles at your social, I will be there.)

This is the moment to jump wholeheartedly, relievedly, pyjamadly into the Joy of Missing Out.

1. Going to bed early.
2. Grounded in the house.
3. Finish all your dinner.
4. Not going to the party.
5. Mandatory naps.

Really though, when did childhood punishments become adult #goals?

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder

(Which is to say: make ’em wait.) Look, the reasons for embracing JOMO are above all about your own health, happiness, and well-being…but of course, a little mystery keeps your fans intrigued, too.

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Some bulletproof excuses

When the Friday-night text messages start rolling in with enticing invitations such as “wyd?” and “pls wingman me at auntie Carole’s 60th bday party” here’s some excuses to keep the beery hordes at bay:

1. I’m shampooing my hair then conditioning it then shampooing again
2. A spider in my room has been stalking a fly for the last hour and I wanna see how it ends
3. I’m down a Wikipedia rabbit hole and don’t feel like climbing out
4. I promised myself I’d finally re-read the complete works of Kerry Katona and BY GOD I’M STICKING TO IT.
5. What on earth is outside that could tempt me to leave my sweet cocoon of pillows, wifi and pad thai?

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