Thoughts from this week

Il Dolce Far Niente

Obviously thoughts this week come from having a lot of time to think whilst away on holiday. Yesterday was the half way point and we started to think about everything we wanted to do with our remaining week....kind of makes you wonder what happened to all that time that was stretching ahead as we left the UK. I also started to get a little anxious and realised that I tend to suffer not so much from FOMO but FOWT. Fear of wasting time.
There is always so much I want to do, and I feel that if I'm not DOING things, or getting things done quickly then I am wasting opportunities. Everything needs to have an achieved goal at the end of it and if it isn't ticking something off I get impatient and worried about the rest of my mental to do list. And this does include getting to the beach for an hour's sunbathing, or having a drink in the pool. These all count as tickable activities. (Weird I know but that's just me.)

Until a phrase pinged into my head whilst I was on my way to the spa. Something the Italians say that made me realise that I wasn't wasting time, just using it differently.

Il dolce far niente.

The sweetness of doing nothing.

That is exactly what holidays are meant to be for! Enjoying not having to do anything, or having jobs to do. What a good use of time! Not time wasted, but time given to rest, relaxation and letting your mind wander. Even when we return home I know I will feel FAWT, but now I know if I embrace Il dolce far niente it will certainly help me feel better about it. In fact I'm quite looking forward to a bit more of it, which is good for the week ahead at least.

Things I am looking forward to this week:

  • A romantic dinner on the beach tonight.
  • Champagne breakfast in bed to celebrate our first anniversary.
  • Looking at all our wedding pictures again, one year on.
  • And of course, Il dolce far niente!
Do you ever suffer from FOMO or FAWT? How do you deal with it?
On the other hand do you also enjoy il dolce far niente? How do you feel about it?

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