Well, we are settling into our second day in Florida! We checked into our resort around 3am on Friday night, and yesterday was spent shopping for Christmas presents, eating and drinking and running up a tab in the bar with my family, and taking my cousins on a midnight trip to the beach to play touch football. It's a little chillier (about 12 degrees C, or 54 F) than we would like, but we are hoping it will warm up tomorrow!
One of the things that I've noticed is an acute feeling of FOMO affecting all members of my family. FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out, is a term I heard for the first time last year when I was working as an RA. It's the feeling you get when it seems like everyone else is off doing cool things and you're missing out. There are 35 members of my family staying at this resort, and because our Canadian wireless providers charge us an arm and a leg for roaming fees, we're having a hard time tracking where everyone is. Which leads to us all feeling like we are being left out of a potentially awesome activities.
It's so stupid, of course. The same thing happened four years ago, and by the third day, we had all found a rhythm and were able to figure out where most people would be at any given time. And this year, my cousins and I can use iMessage by connecting to the resorts WiFi.
This whole situation reminds me so much of being back in college. I think that the invention of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are partially responsible for this phenomenon, because it's so easy to see what everyone else is doing and feel like whatever you're doing isn't cool/exciting/mature enough. On this trip, I'm trying to remember that the first priority is to spend time with my family, whether that's on the beach, in the bar, or at the mall, and I'm trying to stop worrying if anyone else is off waterskiing or deep sea fishing!