Paranoia, insecurities, and FOMO. Just some of the uncomfortable issues we deal with during adolescence. The worry that your friends are finding you annoying or that they would rather not invite you places with them. Which also goes hand in hand with not actually wanting to go but fearing that something significant could happen and you won’t be there. Does any of this sound familiar?
So for anyone who is unsure, FOMO stands for the “fear of missing out”, and the problem with this fear is that it’s an over analysis from your mind. From that voice in your head that Melissa Ambrosini calls “your Mean Girl.” I think that as we get older, or at least within my experience, this fear starts to fade away. It comes from getting to know yourself and your interests, your likes and dislikes, and being comfortable with them. And it’s definitely more important to be comfortable and confident with who you are individually than it is to be spending time doing things that don’t fulfil you, just incase. The truth is, something amazing and significant probably isn’t going to happen and even if it does, you are just going to be told about it the next day anyway.
Spend time doing the things that improve you as a person, that help you to grow, and that you enjoy. Don’t just do everything out of the fear of missing out or because you feel like everyone is just hanging out without you.
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