I am a 44 year old female with several university degrees. I've raised three children into adulthood, have owned a successful business for 13 years, am a writer for The Educators Room and the Huffington Post. I also have a children's book published. By my society's definition I am successful. Yet I don't see myself in that light.
The traditional definition of success and manhood, along with attempts to maintain the vested interests in it, can, indeed, feel like standing on crumbling ground when you're hit with large-scale social change and transformation that you don't understand; or are told is harmful and must be opposed at all costs.
True confession, I just wanted to write something that included the use of FOMO to prove to my millennial kids that dad is in fact hip. So, my job is done. While we are here, however, there are some points that can be made. In the social context, FOMO is a pervasive worry that others are enjoying experiences that you are not.