Why Christmas Is the Antidote to FOMO

Sam Allberry | December 11, 2016


The Masai Mara. The Grand Canyon. The Great Barrier Reef. These are, according to a TV show a few years ago, three things you must see before you die. Actually, they’re just three out of 50. Not only was the BBC show 50 Places to See Before You Die popular, but books with that title have been on bestseller lists ever since.

In fact, the show seems to have spawned an entire new genre. As well as things to see before death, there’s a host of other things to add to the list: “100 Things to Do Before You Die,” which includes getting a tattoo and milking a cow; “100 Things to Eat Before You Die,” such as a hot dog (fairly easy to get hold of) and crocodile (perhaps harder). The idea has become a growth industry. Dozens of books and websites urge you to complete their lists, offering albums to listen to, movies to watch, sensations to experience. And the lists go on.

Feeding Our Fear 

That this genre has all been so successful reveals something significant about ourselves. It flags what has become a great concern for many. We want to experience the best of what’s out there before it’s too late…


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