I’m willing to be giving up my freedoms for this: the good health of others, but not for THIS!
Let me explain why I’m ranting…
It Started With A “Quick Stop” At The Store
I thought I’d just grab a bag of potting soil quickly, but things had changed this week. Consumers now had to get into a queue to enter the store. New rules limit the number of people shopping at any given time. Nobody can just “run in for something” now.
The new mandates for social distancing are inconvenient, yet they’re for the greater good and the protection of public health and wellness, right?
I’m willing to give up my freedoms in exchange for good health.
I’ve renewed my decision daily to suck it up a while longer even though I don’t like this loss of liberty and convenience.
Silly me! I guess I expected a little something in return…. that if we were “all in this together,” we were all working for our good HEALTH.
Once I finally made it to the inside of the store, I’d guess that 30% of shoppers wore homemade fashion-statement masks and all patrons observed 6-foot distancing while pushing sanitized shopping carts down aisles with newly-laid directional arrows on the floor.
There was limited staff available for questions or guidance and the store was noticeably quieter than a typical pre-pandemic visit.
Is This A Scary Movie?
Honestly, the strangeness of this whole scene made me feel uncomfortable. The current vocabulary of words like “obey,” “compliance,” “mandates,” and “restrictions” is visible and audible everywhere, even piped through as public service announcements. It frightened me as it reminded me of the 1975 horror movie, The Stepford Wives.
But Where Are The Healthy Messages?
Hmmm, if this is all for our health, where’s the extensive public information about eating real food, staying active, and exercising?
If I’m giving up my freedoms for the health of others, WHY aren’t we being slammed with messages about living “HEALTHY?”
Why is the public taught how to make masks, but not pushed to the same degree to eat more vegetables? Why aren’t messages of healthy eating being pushed out like this?
Why can’t we go to the gym and keep a 6-foot distance where we have wipes to disinfect everything but we can go to a big box store where we don’t have wipes?
I Know I’m Not Alone In My Thinking
I question everything right now and I won’t stop. I like being an independent thinker and I know I’m not alone. In fact, it’s healthy for the brain to look at different perspectives or viewpoints and consider each one carefully.
You’ve GOT To Be Kidding. I Can’t Be Giving Up My Freedoms For THIS!
I finished at the checkout line, packed my bags of potting soil in the back of my car, and headed toward home. As I passed Panda Express, Arby’s, Culvers, Burger King, McDonald’s, and Taco Bell, I saw their drive-thru lines wrapped around the buildings and even tailing into the street.
Sure enough, hungry people were in their cars patiently awaiting their fast food to be handed out the window to them. Some were wearing masks while ordering up their fast food.
I Thought You Wanted To Stay Alive?
What part of this makes sense? Why are people eating garbage convenience “foods” while being made aware of a health scare? Why isn’t the government discouraging that? Why don’t people understand that this industrially-created fake food can kill them and their families?
Topping It Off With Cola And Ice Cream
I went past the fast-food locations shaking my head and stopped at Walgreens for a few greeting cards. As I waited in line for the cashier with carefully selected Mothers Day and birthday cards for loved ones, the masked man in front of me set his two 2-liter bottles of cola and ½ gallon of ice cream on the counter.
Wasn’t He Wearing A Mask “For His Health?”
Then why was he willing to risk his health like that?
And while I’m on this rant, let me add that he managed to carry them up to the counter without a problem, but took them out to his car in a plastic bag for carrying convenience. Wait – let me correct myself – they were double-bagged, as a courtesy, because of the weight of the items.
Two plastic bags, 2 colas, and ice cream. What about this was good for him, his family, or our environment?
I Could Go On And On But I’ll Spare You
Let me just say this for now… pizza is being consumed in greater quantities now. Processed and packaged food sales are UP. Alcohol sales have skyrocketed.
Hey, I Was Giving Up My Freedoms For YOU, But Not for THIS!
And I would feel
good better about giving up my freedoms for you if I thought it was helpful.
FYI… This virus isn’t just going away this week, so doesn’t it make more sense to level up to a healthier place? There are more reasons now than ever to be making improving lifestyle choices.
Eat HEALTHY, my friends. Exercise. Please take better care of yourself.
But for now, could you please lay off the **** junk food?!
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Please share your thoughts in the comment box below…
Have you felt this way about these contradictions, too?
What are YOU doing to level up your health right now?