It is hard to believe just a few months ago my life was pretty normal and mostly predictable. Like most, I had my ups and downs but usually knew what to expect day to day. I could never in my wildest nightmares imagine a time such as the one we are living in. A simple trip to the grocery store no longer looks the same. My trips are limited and usually very early to beat the rush of people who are oblivious to the pandemic. They also consist of a mask and tons of hand sanitizer. The store hours have changed, and the entrances are roped off. Social distancing signs and stickers are everywhere. Each time, I look around at others wearing masks and wonder, “how did we get here?”
So much chaos going on around us, and it seems many are focusing on the wrong things. I am a firm believer of individual rights, but the crisis is much larger than all of us. I believe in focusing on “me” but there is a time and a place for everything. Initially, the elderly, those with autoimmune disorders as well as other immune suppressed illnesses were most at risk. Today, the virus does not discriminate. Perfectly, healthy young individuals are impacted just the same.
It appears we have no clear direction on what to do…shelter-in-place, open up, wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, virtual learning, in-person instruction. At this point, the only way we will get back to a somewhat normal place is to use common sense. Wear a mask. If not for yourself, do so for your family and everyone else around you.