|Female House Finch|
Do you ever have a "fear of missing out"? In modern times, this "emotion" has been shortened to the term FOMO, defined by Google's dictionary as, "anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website."
Lately, with all the embarrassing American political events, I have no FOMO for social media.
But I realized this past growing season that I do have FOMO for gardens and nature. Any time I'm stuck indoors, and especially when I don't have a window, I long to go outside and see what the plants and animals are up to! I don't want to miss out when butterflies are flitting through my garden, when deer are wandering through the woods, or when my favorite plants are about to bloom.
The only exception to this type of FOMO, for me, is winter. I honestly don't care. I don't feel the urge to go outside at all ... especially when the temperatures hover around or below 0F/-18C, and the wind howls around every corner.
On these bitter days, (non-workdays, that is), I'd prefer to curl up with a good book or a crochet project and two cats in my lap.
Yes, on these coldest of days, I occasionally glance out the kitchen window briefly.
I look up into the gnarly, old Oak trees, and realize the scene might as well be black and white.
On the colorful, sunny days the temperatures are often the coldest. Still, no FOMO for me.
I glance at the gazing ball and dream of other seasons.
I contemplate stories surrounding life forms that leave tracks as evidence of their existence.
Usually, there's a tiny Dark-Eyed Junco or two scaling the snowy landscape for bits of seed--even when temperatures are subzero.
|Eastern Gray Squirrel|
On slightly warmer days, the squirrels and other common songbirds have winter parties in the shrubs and at the feeders.
|Male House Finch|
|House Finch and Black-Capped Chickadee|
But not me. I stay inside, briefly watch the show, lower the shades as the sun fades, and dive back into my computer, my book, or my latest project.
How about you? Do you have winter FOMO? If so, enjoy the season!
(Things are looking up! No subzero days are in the foreseeable forecast!)