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A friend sent me this picture earlier in the week with the caption, "Too bad we're at work...."
- Quit my job and go surfing
- Call in "sick" and go surfing
- Miss the swell
I'll never know, and that's where the anxiety lies -- missing out on unknown potential. Fear of missing out is an epidemic running rampant these days, usually tied to social media. But surfers have been feeling this for decades, as the responsibilities of life often don't line up with nature's gifts. Even when we're on the water, you hear arguments because other surfers snake waves. Or maybe you get mad because you slipped on that last drop in and you swear it was going to be the best wave you've ever ridden.
|Take delight, even on a crappy day -- fun is what it's all about, right?|
The other key to fighting FOMO is being happy where you're at (aka - contentment). After all, if you're stuck dwelling on missed opportunities, you won't be living optimally in the moment. Yeah, I missed the peak part of the swell, but maybe I'll catch some nice waves on Saturday...and it might be huge, or it could be a bust. But as any surfer will tell you, "It's always nice to get out on the water," and that's enough.
Everyone deals with this -- anybody have more tips for enjoying life when you can't make the swell?