FO·MO – (VB)

FO·MO /ˈfōmō/ noun INFORMAL

  1. anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.

January of this year, I moved 13 hours away from my home of Virginia Beach (VB), Virginia and relocated to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This change was drastic, but I had a bit of positivity and a best friend by my side to keep me sane. Leaving everything and everyone I knew in VB was both a leap of faith and a challenge. 

The most difficult thing of all, knowing that I had finally established myself in various FREE groups in VB that promoted exercise and leaving that behind. Two of my favorite things: working out and NO COST. After settling into Tuscaloosa, which is a small college town known for dominating college football, it was difficult to find motivation to work out. There are a few trails for walking/running, hiking, and biking; I made sure to take advantage of as many trails as I could.

I started to feel like I was missing out on a lot of amazing opportunities in VB whenever I would see posts from friends/groups. After a few months, FOMO, or fear of missing out, really started to set in. I found myself in a slump, but unsure of how to fix the way I felt. Running started to become more of a chore than a fun activity.

Fast forward to April of 2019, I decided to do something about the way I felt. Normality seemed like the cure for all. Change can be good for some, but not all. I knew that being in a funk was having an effect on my relationship, as well as day-to-day plans. I packed up whatever would fit in my Jeep and headed back up north, my final destination was Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Being back where I felt most comfortable was what I hoped would fix whatever funk I was in. The one thing that makes this decision tough, knowing that my best friend is still in Tuscaloosa. He wants what is best for me and I couldn’t ask for anything more. Now, I have goals to get back to my early morning workouts with November Project and weekly Tuesday night runs with North End Run Club. I am slowly, but surely, becoming the best version of myself. I would not have much to look forward to moving back to VB if it weren’t for the amazing groups I chose to become a part of. 

Nicole Bowers – November Project Virginia Beach

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