Like me I am sure you have seen a lot of headlines of people refusing to wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19 because they don’t want their freedoms/liberties taken away. But, do they stop and think by not wearing a mask they have taken my freedoms/liberties away? I will explain.
I am 61 years old with underlying medical conditions making my body ripe for complications and possible death from this virus. Because a percentage of our country does not want to take this matter seriously and wants to conduct themselves as if there is no virus they have taken away my freedom of moving around in our society for fear of being exposed to this virus. As Americans we could learn some lessons of kindness and cooperation from other countries. Where did our kindness and civility go? When I wear my mask I know I make the employees in my supermarket feel safer. I know I feel safer going in public when others are maintaining their distance and wearing masks.
The mask does not mean you can’t be social, quite the opposite is true. For the time-being the mask allows you to be social. It allows all people to participate in our society. I view the states now rolling back their openings because of surging cases and if only people would take this seriously as our new normal, we could put people back to work and start conducting business while keeping the majority of us safe and maintaining freedom for all; not just freedom for the selfish.
So the next time you don’t feel like wearing your mask because you feel you cannot be free to make that decision, know you have stripped me of my freedom to feel safe.
In a country where you could be anything, choose to be KIND!
Have a happy and safe July 4th