Today I have written a very special and meaningful post for you. It is something different than I usually do, but I really value this so I really wanted to share my thoughts. I am talking about GOMO, Going Out More Often, a positive variant of FOMO. Let’s continue reading.
So for those of you that don’t know what FOMO is: Fear Of Missing Out. Basically it means that when you are on social media, you see a lot of people do fun and cool things, and you feel about yourself because you aren’t doing all that great stuff. On the other hand, when you do something, you also post it on your social accounts. I experience a lot of FOMO and it is one of the worst feelings that come with social media I guess. When you see your friends do stuff you aren’t invited for, it is heartbreaking.
Recently I got to know a new concept, created by Eventbrite. It is called GOMO: Going Out More Often. It is about doing the things you love, sharing your passions with others. Instead of feeling bad about it, you should go out and feel good. You don’t need to invite a lot of people for that. Sometimes going out on your own can be just as good.
My version of GOMO
I like to enjoy simple things in life to feel better about FOMO. Traveling is the most important part that I do. And yes, I know, I can hear you all coming: “but travel is so expensive, I don’t have that much money!” That is true, but with travel I do not only mean going abroad. Travel can also mean exploring your own country.
I like hiking in the nature in the neighbourhood. It can be so relaxing and breathtaking. Going to an amusement park, a zoo, a lake,… All those simple things can make you feel wonderful again. You can bring your friend, boyfriend, family or somebody else you trust in your circle. You don’t need that many friends.
I learned the hard way that having a lot of friends isn’t always beneficial. A small circle or even one person, can be enough.
I am having a full summer right now. Apart of a student job and studying for two finals I have to resit, I am doing things I really love doing. I’ve got the luck to travel more than once this year. I went to Tenerife and Athens, and I also planned a trip to Lisbon, Portugal. Apart from that, I went to the zoo, pretty nature to enjoy the sun outside…
Sometimes I go to home parties or parties that are somewhere else. Shopping, enjoying the city (Do I forget to mention playing Pokémon Go?).
I also like to enjoy food and drinks. By doing so, you learn to appreciate what you have and you will truly feel more happy. Some pictures to illustrate:
It may look like I have 10,000 friends, but that isn’t true at all. I have very few close friends, because I am a shy person and I do not trust people that easily. Those friends I see regularly, but the most things I do are with my parents or my boyfriend. Those are the ones I appreciate the most (Do not get me wrong, I appreciate my friends a lot too) because they are always there. They make me smile, and I feel 100% comfortable around them. My boyfriend is my soulmate, every hour I spend with him are the most valuable moments of my life.
What I want to say is: you don’t NEED 20 good friends. 2 or 3 friends or even 1 person can be enough sometimes.
What I will be doing in August? Let’s see. I will be attending a few local parties in my area here in Belgium. I will be traveling to Lisbon mid August. I will be going to the beach in Belgium (Yes, we have one!) And a lot of other small things that aren’t planned yet. Mostly I plan that a few days before.
All I have left to say now is:
Go out. Do things. Inspire yourself and the people around you. Share your passions. Be proud of what you do.
I want to illustrate this statement with one of my own experiences. I really like to wear makeup a lot, wear nice clothes, and getting ready can take a long time because I enjoy it so much. I spend a lot of money on it. People often ask me: why do you like that? Because I do. I just love it, for no reason. It is who I am.
And honestly, I don’t care what others think about me wearing a liquid lipstick in the shade maroon to a casual hangout.
it is part of my identity. What I want to say is: be yourself and do what you love to do. It is who you are.
If you feel inspired by this: go ahead and click on this link. It will show you the way to encourage others in doing what you love. Together we can spread GOMO.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and felt inspired by it. I enjoyed writing it, because I felt like I could express myself in it.
Please let me know if you enjoyed this and feel free to share your thoughts!
See you next time.
Your Belgian blogger,
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, as well as all the ideas and statements explained in this blogpost. Everything is a 100% true and reliable. All pictures are mine and if not so, a credit is always mentioned. Please note that I am not a professional.