No Mo FOMO

by Tom Swift

After a few weeks of adjustment, I feel settled into my shelter-in-place life.

I generally resist the placement of restrictions on my options but, when I am really honest about it, sometimes I do better after they are imposed.

As long as I have my health and a notebook and my dog and some snacks, we good.

If you can do anything — if you think you can do anything — if doing most anything is on the table — well, that, my friend, is a big menu to scan.

It takes time to review everything.

It takes energy to decide not to do nearly everything.

There is no consideration of going to a show downtown this weekend when there is no show downtown — or anywhere else — this weekend.

There isn’t a ballgame to distract me when there isn’t one being played.

No use in my thinking about going to the movies tonight when the theater is closed.

The thing about life in America, circa 2020, is that you can reduce the number of possible things to which you could put your time and attention by 90 percent — to pick a number out of the air; you could never measure; you get the point — and still have way more possible ways to occupy your time and attention than you could count, much less do, in a day.

We have, in what we might call normal times, just a staggering number of entertainment options. Not to mention the activities of daily living.

Here, in the midst of the upheaval, I wonder how much time in pre-pandemic times I entertained possible activities that I did not really want to partake in just because those options existed. There is a should in here somewhere. You think you should at least consider the happy-go have-to fun-time ticket event because you fear having missed out.

To be sure, I have gone to shows and concerts and games and different places on the globe that have created memories I will carry with me to my grave. And I do very much hope to accumulate more.

Yet — leaving aside any very real illnesses or hardships or griefs one may be now enduring — Godspeed — there is advantage in very nearly every situation. Now sometimes it’s harder to see than in others, that is to be sure. But I am grateful for this moment, this day, this time, and the opportunities I do presently have to learn and grow and be and do.

Still, I have so much.