the choices we make

The other day LA wrote a post in which she said “I want you to think about how you really feel about the situation.” The ‘situation’ being the world in which we currently live.

You know, I didn’t realize how much I actually felt about this situation because I’ve become somewhat immune to it. But upon further thought, this is what I think and how I feel about where we are right now.

I miss going to school. I miss students and faculty. I miss everything about it!
Schools here are beginning to discuss what August will look like. There is talk in our county of further distance learning.
I honestly don’t know how I feel about it. On the one hand, ‘getting back to normal’ sounds wonderful. Being in the classrooms, teaching and learning together. On the other, how safe are we going to be with a thousand kids from age 4 to 12 in tight space?

I truly believe I’m helping by remaining at home.
That doesn’t mean I like it.
Here in America, there’s a great uproar about civil liberties. It’s mostly people who want to go about and do the things. They don’t care that they could get or make others sick. They want to do what they want to do when they want to do it and don’t feel like they should be told any differently.
I have real issue with this. This is toddler behavior. And I’m speaking from a brain development point of view. Also as someone who’s spent most of her adult life around toddlers.

And let me assure you, I understand the financial impact. Two of our four kids work in the service industry. Thing 2 is a server in a restaurant. She was fortunate to qualify for unemployment for a while, but now that the state in which she lives is opening back up, she had to go back to work regardless of her safety or the safety of others.
Thing G is a cashier at the Dollar Tree. And though his hours have dropped dramatically, he’s still going to work. He’s at risk, he’s putting others at risk.
I understand the economy is struggling, but people are dying. I cannot fathom how to put a dollar amount on human life.

If we don’t choose to accept that our actions impact others we’re doomed.
I mean, I’d love to go get a pedicure, or have browse Home Goods, or go out to dinner. But I’m hopeful that by staying in, I’m helping keep us all safe.
And if it turns out I’m wrong, so be it. It wasn’t that hard, and it’s not worth the shoulda coulda woulda drama.

I am aware that my choices impact everything and everyone around me. That’s enough for me to pay attention. To do what I believe is the right thing. I can see the bigger picture. I am part of one human family.
Some people don’t look at life that way. And that too is OK. We each have the right to our own choices.
It comes down to individuals making choices that impact others without thought. Without empathy.
We’re all in this together, but there are individuals who value their own desires over the greater good.
That’s your right.
But your right shouldn’t impede mine.

This pandemic has negatively impacted my country more by furthering the divide than by the death rate number.
It makes me sad.
It makes me angry.
I’m tired of the conservatives and liberals alike behaving like monkeys, throwing poo and screeching just to hear themselves.

There must be a better way.
The way it is is so deeply entrenched that to change it would take a straight up revolution.
Is that what’s best for any of us?

There must be a way to exercise our freedoms without negatively impacting the freedoms of others. Perhaps speaking and acting with kindness and empathy instead of finger pointing and name calling…?
The goal is for everyone to have the right to make their choice without fear or judgement. Without risk to self or others. The trick is each of us having the willingness to try.

I’m going to borrow LA’s words to ask what y’all think.

“Not what your friend thinks.
Not what the media tells you to think.
Not what you’re ‘supposed’ to think.
What do YOU think?”

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16 thoughts on “the choices we make

  1. Furthering the divide. That’s what’s getting to me…

  2. The beaches and parks in the uk are slowly filling up as if nothing has happened. More fast food restaurants have opened, more shops and services. I’m terrified xxx

  3. debscarey

    Good morning 🙂 I found your blog via LA. I asked myself this question a couple of weeks ago, and ended up in a dark depression (something I suffer with). I think a big part of the problem is I have friends across the board, all who are freely & stridently expressing their opinions on social media. Some I agree with, some I strongly disagree with. I’m trying to remain respectful to both sections, so I hold my tongue. I think LA commented that those type of feelings are better out than in, so I’m now writing them out – if not publishing them. I think what I’ve found most depressing is discovering how many people I care about are behaving selfishly, being hugely intolerant, and horribly attention seeking. And as for the behaviour of strangers …

    • Nice to meet you, Deb!
      I agree completely about getting the thoughts out of your head. A kind of verbal vomit, only with the written word. Sometime journaling is better than publishing for this.
      I also agree with you when it comes to selfish people.
      I was at the grocery store yesterday and there was a guy in his low-mid 30s without a mask. Now, he was the only person in the entire grocery store sans mask, but I chose not to judge that. I had mine and I was good. But then as we were standing in the check out line he began to whistle. I mean WTF, dude? Do you know how much spit comes out of your mouth when you whistle? You do you, dude. But you doing you impacts others…PAY ATTENTION!

      • debscarey

        Thanks for the welcome Jane, it’s good to be here:)
        Whistling??? OMG …

      • Right?
        Seriously, dude?
        The older lady standing in front of him in line was fit to be tied!
        For me, it’ll just be one of those ridiculous stories from the time of covid.

  4. debscarey

    Groan! I called you Jane – just shoot me now …

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