Sunday 17 January 2016

Shaking Off The FOMO

I think being an only child predisposes me to always feeling like I'm missing out (FOMO). Even then I used to sit at the top of the stairs when my parents had sent me to bed, just in case I was missing out on something, and now, although I don't sit at the top of stairs, I do get the 'ohhhhhh, I wish I was with you' hankering, even when it's not something I'd actually want to do. 

FOMO's a funny thing really when you think about it. Someone is doing something you may have no interest in, but rather than be left out, you go along. I guess you may surprise yourself and have a whale of a time, but you could also be sat there wishing you were somewhere else and questioning why you came in the first place. 

Let's be honest though, if you're calling a spade a spade, FOMO is just a fancy, twenty first century, hipster term for being nosey and wanting to be apart of what everyone else is doing. In some situations that's totally fine, when you're young, and especially when you're at uni you should have you a hand in every pie and be out doing all sorts, but when you actually know what you are and aren't into and are doing something just so you're not left out - that's a pretty sad state of affairs. 

To clarify I'm not talking about never doing things you don't want to do, of course you're going to do tons of that stuff in your life. More particularly I mean going out of your way to be apart of something that you know would never be something you'd usually get involved in, and the only reason you are is because 'so and so' is going. 

I mean really? But of course, hindsight is a bitch and I'm telling myself this now after going out for drinks when I knew I really couldn't afford it, or to a club when I knew I had no interest in that particular one. Whatever it is, we all do it to some degree but its definitely time to shake off the FOMO and be confident in knowing you and what you're about. Oh, and stop being so damn nosey (note to self)! This year lets invest in more of what we want to do, and less about what we fear we're missing out on.


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