“Are you seriously going to the store without a mask?” “I can’t believe she hasn’t left the house in 2 months!” At times, the opinions and feelings surrounding Covid-19 seem to be more damaging than the virus itself. Social media is the biggest platform where people seem to make others the target of their fear, and I can only take it in small doses – VERY small doses. And if I am being honest, it sometimes just pisses me off. Much like the media, it is filled with venom, hate, and people unleashing their emotions onto others, demoralizing their thoughts, and aiming right for the gut.
Do you want to know the only thing I know for sure right now? No one knows the answers to this crisis. No one! The projections, death rates, vaccines, and expected reopening dates are all speculation. The bottom line is we just need to do what is best for ourselves and our family right now. And guess what folks…it’s going to be completely different for all of us! Yep, you read that correctly. You are not going to agree with how some people are approaching it. Guess what? It is none of your business. Your only concern needs to be protecting yourself and those you love, not to convince a stranger that you’re “right,” and they’re “wrong.” We are in a fight to save our country, not to score points for our ego.
Instead of focusing on how we feel about someone’s actions, we should be counting our blessings that we get to individually choose how we respond to this crisis. That freedom is what is so beautiful about this country. Respect everyone’s freedom to choose, especially when it doesn’t mirror your own. We all decide where we get the information we believe. Some follow the advice of political leaders, some the media, and many do their own research to form their own decisions. Whether you wear a mask, practice social distancing, or wear gloves, the only thing I ask of you is to use your energy (whether it be anxiety, fear, excitement, or contentment) for something productive for YOU. If you need to ugly cry, binge on Netflix, go for a run, or eat a box of cookies, do what you have to do to make it through to the next day. Whatever you do, don’t pass your fears onto someone else. That fear isn’t theirs to carry, and I can assure you they are consumed with plenty of their own.
We are all in this shit-storm together. And yes, I realize we all have unique situations, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are all humans that have feelings and are impacted by this pandemic. If anything, this time should bring us together. We should be leaning on each other to connect and remind ourselves that although we are physically separated, we are emotionally similar. We are not The Divided States of America. We are all experiencing loss, fear, anxiety and uncertainty. How about we support each other by staying in our own lanes, minding our business when it comes to people’s choices, and doing the best we can. No more, no less. Sometimes the best way to unite together is by being okay with standing alone in our opinions. Our individual beliefs do not make us a great nation. Our freedom to believe does.