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This is Two-Minute Ideas from Ideas in English.

And this idea is about missing out.

A common fear these days is FOMO. FOMO is quite a new word in English, and it stands for fear of missing out.

It’s the fear that you might not get something you want, that you won’t be able to do all the things you want to do in life, or that good things are happening somewhere else, and you’re missing out.

And FOMO seems to have increased with social media, as people share their best moments, and we can see more of what everyone else is doing, or at least what they’re showing us they’re doing.

But there is an even newer word that’s the opposite of FOMO, and that’s JOMO, which stands for the joy of missing out.

JOMO is feeling happy that you’re not doing all the exciting things, and it’s letting go of the stressful idea that you could or should be doing more.

You can’t do everything, and, as journalist Oliver Burkeman explains, JOMO is a good feeling when you realise that you wouldn’t actually want to.

You have to make choices in life about what to do, and Burkeman says that it’s the fact that you can’t do everything that makes your choices meaningful.

You can choose to do something, or something else, or not do it.

Take care and good luck with the learning.

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This is Two-Minute Ideas from Ideas in English.

And this idea is about creativity. About how making a start on something is a good way to increase creative ideas. 

Writer Stephen Pressfield calls it ‘the magic of making a start’.

But it can be difficult. Pressfield explains that you have to deal with resistance: a force inside you that stops you from doing the work, from creating, from growing.

Resistance could be in the form of procrastination: like, ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’

Or distraction: ‘I’ll just check Facebook.’

Or fear and self-doubt: some version of ‘Am I good enough?’

You may also feel like you don’t have ideas.

But when you make a start on something, creative ideas will often come.

Or, as Pressfield puts it, once you begin, you get out of your own way and allow the angels to come in and help you.  

You might also find that once you’ve made a start, ideas come while you’re doing other things, such as going for a walk, having a bath, or even while you’re sleeping.

Take care and good luck with the learning.

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