On FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

There are lots of fun and exciting things happening at the moment – weekends with friends, weddings and big reunions….in the UK.

I’m sure when I tell people that I live in Indonesia and teach English they think what I actually do is have a chat with a few kids for a few hours everyday and then spend my weekends surfing in Bali or climbing volcanoes. Everyone always tells me how jealous they are as if they could never actually do this themselves (which, by the way, is complete rubbish) but along with this assumption goes the one that I have not sacrificed anything to be here.

Aside from the obvious, once in a lifetime things are happening (this is a shout out to all my friends who decided to get married in the one year that I was living out of England!) and I’m not there – enter F.O.M.O – aka the fear of missing out. I know I am experiencing amazing things here that I may never have the opportunity to do again, but it doesn’t take away the disappointment of missing out on an important event, and the fact that in years to come people will talk about these things and I will have no input.

I guess it’s something to suck up and just accept but it would be wonderful if Harry Potter was real and I could apparate home for the day a few times a year!



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