Fear Of Missing Out

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Growing up I had a hard time making decisions on whether to stay in or go out. So often I would want to stay in, but I had the fear of missing out. What if everyone was having fun without me? What if people got mad at me that I didn't go? There are times that I choose to go and I am glad that I did, I had fun, and I didn't miss out on anything. Then, of course, there are other times that I wish I had just trusted my instincts and stayed in. When I travel it's the same kind of concept, I am in a new a place and I want to see everything. I don't want to miss out on anything exciting! But sometimes after a photo shoot the last thing I want to do is go out. We work long days, are around people all day, and it's utterly exhausting. On our last photoshoot we were in Venice beach and I was just completely wiped! Everyone decided to go out for dinner and drinks, but I stayed in ordered sushi, drank a glass of wine, and read a few chapters of my book. Sounds lovely doesn't it? It was! I was so glad I stayed in and the next day I was completely reenergized. It made the next day in Venice that much better. Like any other fear, it helps to face it, and if you need a break or want to stay in, that's fine! I may sound like an old fuddy-duddy, but whether you are on a work trip, on vacation, or it's a typical work week it's okay to take a break. There will always be another party, event, concert or night out, listen to your instincts, and you will be much happier. Cut yourself some slack you don't have to do everything! People will respect you more when you don't live your life based on the fear of missing out. If you want to stay in watch Netflix and chill (and I mean REALLY watch Netlix and chill),  :) do it.

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