I have lost count of the number of gigs/parties/events I have ‘missed out on’ over the years whilst I am teaching my fabulous yoga students of an evening. I absolutely love what I do, but I do get the odd grump about missing a thing every now and again.
I also see my friends from corporate days doing a big glitzy thing on Facebook, the sort of industry event of black ties and champagne and fabulous shoes I would have been at in years gone by. And I sometimes feel I am missing out, just a bit, as I potter about in my yoga pants.
I see client after client in my coaching room who is upset about missing out on career opportunities or family opportunities or travel opportunities or run away and join the circus opportunities. If I had a dollar for every time “I hate missing out” has been uttered I would have enough to host my own black tie and champagne event.
Here’s the thing.
With so many opportunities we live in the age of ‘missing out’.
Which actually is a fantastic thing. Not a bad thing at all.
I should be saying “I missed out!” with joy and not regret.
Because missing out means I had a choice on some other option. It meant I chose another thing and I am actually soooooooooo lucky to have that choice.
There are so many women around the world who miss out on things like getting to vote; having financial independence; education; a career outside the home that doesn’t require a ‘male guardian’. In Saudi Arabia it is illegal for women to drive. They do not even have the choice over what they wear.
So, when I drive myself to class (rather than to the party I fancied) I am going to call out my BS on “missing out” for what it is.
Missing out is a fantastic thing. I’ve missed out because I made the choice to run my own fabulous thriving business, to be financially independent, to drive myself to class, on my own, in my yoga pants.
Missing out is confirmation that I have infinite choice in my life and that I am using it. And that is something to be very happy about indeed.
Missing Out is the new black. You heard it here first.