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I was weeding through my someday list in Bonsai earlier this week (Reader Question: What Do I Use?) and dumping things. I had so many projects in there that I knew I would never get to. And the recipes to try…it would take years at one new recipe per week to try all of them!
I dumped most of my lists, and wondered why they had gotten so bad.
True, I really haven’t been paying much attention to that list in the past year. I’ve been putting stuff on there, but not really moving anything off.
It was because of FOMO.
Fear Of Missing Out.
If I didn’t capture this link, idea or whatever, I would miss out on something. I wouldn’t have another chance to try making pies in a jar or sourdough banana nut bread, or taking a course in what is now obsolete technology.
Fear keeps us hanging onto things that no longer serve us.
It could be projects, or stuff, or relationships, or jobs.
I stayed in my previous job (see How To Leave A Job) about a year longer than I probably should have out of fear.
I have kept stuff around my house that I detest, just because I was afraid I may need it someday.
I have kept toxic people in my life (Get Back In the Groove by Editing Relationships (Editing Life Series)), letting them suck the energy out of me, just because I was afraid of letting that person go.
All this fear does, though, is hold us back. It holds us into a path that may not be the one that we need to follow. By holding onto jobs, stuff or people that are bad for us, we are limiting the possibility of something really cool coming into our lives.
Are you afraid of missing out? What are you holding onto? Please share below.
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