Hello! We have just returned from a 2 1/2 week vacation. I can’t even begin to tell you what a Silver Lining it is to be HOME. Though we had a phenomenal trip (photos and stories are forthcoming!), I’m pretty exhausted. When I say exhausted, I am actually epically under-exaggerating. On the flight, I realized that in the last month, I have been in 11 different time zones, 4 countries, 4 states, and 11 cities.
On the trip, WiFi was unpredictable and inconsistent. The Silver Lining was that I was able to turn OFF and unplug and even find some mental stillness. The downside was unanticipated feelings of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Geesh. I’ve never really had this before and it felt really weird.
Apparently, FOMO is a new condition resulting from living in this all-consuming, 24-hour/day, 7 days/week digital age. Technically, FOMO refers to “the fear of missing out on something or someone more interesting, exciting or better than what we’re currently doing.”
My FOMO issues definitely addressed my very real tendency to want to be everywhere, all the time. Post-FBC (f-bomb breast cancer for new readers), I have an intense feeling of trying and doing as much as I can, everywhere I am (think: energizer bunny on steroids!). As a result, I check Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest multiple times a day. Ugh. Did I really just write that?
I will say that one Silver Lining of FBC is that I’ve become really good at smelling roses, watching hummingbirds and, well, finding Silver Linings.
So, by the 3rd day of the trip, I began to think not about what I didn’t have (internet access and missing out), but rather of the adventure, togetherness, and joy of time with my family and friends! This was a great Silver Lining indeed!