We’re not dumb. At times I act stupid, but I can assure you it’s just acting (there is currently not a family consensus on this).
We all weigh out the options, evaluate the risk, and act accordingly.
Burger and fries, not good for you. Salad with low calorie dressing, good for you. Yet, this is how many of us order…”I’ll have the burger and fries”.
We know it’s not good for us, yet we entertain that risk. This risk can be applied to everything we do on a daily basis, from driving to work, taking a flight, eating a burger, playing soccer or going surfing. You name it, there is an element of risk.
So it’s risk versus result/reward that enters the picture.
This process, often subconsciously, takes place in everything we do. Do I want to drive to work, yes or no? Do I want to jump out of this plane, yes or no? It’s that simple. One risk may affect others. One may not.
But we’re not dumb. And we learn. We educate and experience. Then we make a decision.
As a population, we are now evaluating the risk of possible further exposure (health) versus the reward of economic survival (wealth). When and how do we re-open the Country.
I know I want to get back to work so I can feed my family and feed my body and mind. I’m ready to start May 1 like a NASCAR driver in pole position, like a second string quarterback that just got a chance, like a…well, you get the picture. Put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today. I need some coin, some paper, some fetty and some purpose.
Don’t get me wrong. Time off was enjoyable. I enjoy wearing a mask everywhere I go. “I love the smell of hand sanitizer in the morning”. I enjoyed hearing the kids complain that there is nothing to do.
Every day for 6 weeks.
I enjoyed playing Monopoly, Chess, Cribbage, Uno, Scrabble, and Call of Duty.
Every day for 6 weeks.
I enjoyed telling them their friends cannot come over.
Every day for 6 weeks.
Going to the grocery store and making them sit in the car was pleasurable. Taking the same walk every day was just fabulous. I even stayed in the same footprints some days.
I enjoyed doing yard work for 6 weeks, even though I accomplished all my goals in 1 week. I enjoyed every Tik Tok, Instagram and Facebook redundant post my mind could comprehend.
My flowers have never looked better.
I especially enjoyed standing in little blue squares at the grocery store distanced 6′ from each other, all while watching someone cut in front of me about 3 inches away from my face to grab a soda (it was an ‘essential’ soda).
I look forward to the day my flowers die, cause that means I’m working. If you ask me if I saw your post and I say no, don’t take it offensively. It means I’m working. I look forward to kicking the kids out of the house…again.
We are all ready to do our part as Americans and get back to work.
We don’t fully understand all aspects of the virus, but the ‘mental virus’ of being held captive in our own homes needs to weigh in. My mind is at the door, and I have to let it out.
We understand the reasoning behind the restrictions, and the intent, but we need to re-evaluate it as we now have more information. We can reasonably avoid most opportunities for transmission.
Let’s open SAFE businesses.
Safe businesses, while not ‘essential’ according to some government definitions, are essential to the mind.
Concerts…probably not safe yet.
Large work gatherings in smaller rooms…probably not safe.
Boat Rentals, safe.
Yosemite with distancing, safe.
Restaurants with 6′ distance between tables, probably safe.
You don’t have to leave the house if you don’t want to.
You don’t have to eat the burger.
Eat the salad.
We’re not dumb. Burger not good for you, salad, good for you. But we eat the burger. We take the risk.
I’m ready for a controlled risk.
I’m ready to talk to you from 6′ away, wear a bandana if I cannot maintain that distance, and wipe that boat down thoroughly every rental with anti-bacterial spray.
If that’s what it takes for right now, count me in.
I am hopeful 14 days is the most we will have to wait. It’s going to be a long 14 days, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. 14 days and 6′ away, yeah, I can do that.
We are taking reservations and feel we anticipate being in full swing by Memorial Day Weekend.
If not, I will have to write another letter about how I overstepped my bounds and should have just waited and been patient.
6′ of Love,
Tom, Tammy, North and Daytona
I would like everyone to know that if you were sick, or worried, or lost a loved one I send my love and prayer. I have no idea what you are going through, but if myself or the Watersports family can assist you in any way please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will do what we can.
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