The Joy of Missing Out

Everyones favorite time of the year is when the weather is perfect and the state fair comes in to town.  Since I had just moved to Nebraska last year, I hadn’t ever been to the Nebraska State Fair. The fair occurs in the months of August and September, and, at the time, I did not have many close friends yet. When my sophomore year rolled around, my boyfriend surprised me with tickets to the state fair. I was ecstatic and had begun to count down the days until it was time to go. Unfortunately, the state fair ended up being my JOMO or the joy of missing out.

Photo taken at the state fair with a monkey. 

As a side note, I love pictures; I think that everything needs to be captured on film, and sometimes I get carried away. At the end of every year, I like to make photo books of everything that has happened throughout the year so the memories are always with me. This one time, though, at the state fair, I may have gotten carried away.

When the day came, my obsession of photo taking hit a high note, and there was no stopping me. Although I thought that I was having a good time, I now realize that I was only focused on taking pictures of the day instead of living in the moment and enjoying the time with my significant other. As I look back on the day, I feel bad because my boyfriend  was in all of the photos, meaning my picture obsession took away from his enjoyment as well.

The entire day, I was posting pictures on my snapchat story and also taking personal pictures. I now have pictures of animals, shows, people in costumes, and a countless number of other things.

A picture that was probably unnecessary to take.

It is something that I need to work on. I will always be one to take pictures because I want to have the memories forever. I need to work on limiting the amount of photos I take. A few photographs of the day would suffice; I need to learn  that I don’t need to take photos of nearly everything.

Since social media is such a big part of our lives now, I do not think that it is unreasonable to take them while we are out if the reason is to capture a moment. The way that most people live their lives is through social media. It is the platform that people use to express themselves. Although, there is a limit on how much technology should be used while out with others. Time being spent with others is much more valuable than time being spent on our devices.

Technology is now the center of our lives, and, whether we like it or not, technology will continue to develop. We will always want to stay connected and know what is going on with the world around us. We will also want to share what we are doing in our lives with the world.

The world of technology is not slowing down, and unfortunately we get wrapped up in it.


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