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Do you have FOMO or fear of missing out syndrome?  Are you so busy watching what others are doing on social media that you’re not thankful for all of the good things in your own life?

 

Maybe it’s time you turn off your device, get out of your comfort zone and reacquaint yourself with…you.

 

Start with that thing you always say you’re going to try but never do because there’s something really great on Netflix.I’m not downplaying the importance of a good night in. Rather, I’m proposing that you shake up your day to day routine, and do something that might change your life.

 

I recently started high jumping again. I sent my old running coach an email to see if he would agree to reteach me the fundamentals. When he said yes it never occurred to me that I would be the oldest “kid” in the class – by at least five years. Unsurprisingly, It’s not a thrill seeing little grade 9’s half your size jump beautifully over the bar while you slam right into the darn thing at a lower height.

Yes, I was afraid of looking silly – a sentiment shared by many when faced with possible failure. Despite my strong desire to quit, I stuck with it and vanquished my fears. And guess what happened? I felt amazing.

 

Malcolm Gladwell writes in his novel David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, “we are also prone to be afraid of being afraid, and the conquering of fear produces exhilaration”.

 I was so afraid looking like an idiot that I forgot my former abilities as a high jumper.  Conquering that fear boosted my confidence tenfold. On top of being a confidence builder, shaking things up will help you discover (or rediscover) something about yourself.

 

It’s also pure fun. And having fun will make you feel better the next time you see somebody’s super-perfect life/face/body on Instagram.

 

Instead of focusing on other people’s lives this month, look at how cool your own life is and be thankful for everything you’ve got. If you’re still not satisfied, try something new. Just be ready for how great you’re going to feel when you take off.

 

— Connor Lamont