As I write the news screams about rising cases of the new variant across the country and around the world. While new vaccines have given us hope, the reality of the virus evolving into strains that may be resistant to these same vaccines is depressing. Our federal and provincial governments are stressing the need to stay the course, to continue social distancing, hand-washing, and the wearing of masks. As I write I continue to struggle with the present dismal realities. We have yet to be vaccinated, hopefully that day will come soon.

 A friend of ours insists there is some ulterior motives out there aimed at keeping people fearful and not fully living. I have tried very hard to see things from his perspective; to walk a mile in his shoes. I am not having any success at all with it. To my mind governments are not trying to control us. They are trying their best to navigate this pandemic and giving the best advice they can. (Well, some governments are.) The way I see it governments who stress the whole social distancing regulations are simultaneously losing many tax dollars due to these same regulations. What politician or government would really want to do that? I would not want to be the one having to make decisions on the part of the populace at any time, much less during this pandemic.

Try as I might I just don’t understand what the big deal is? Okay there are fair points when it comes to staying away from family and friends. I get it. We celebrate Easter this weekend. In my family it means another holiday without the usual family dinner that I love. That makes me incredibly sad. Yet, I am hopeful that the efforts at social distancing, etc. will eventually pay off.

To my mind it comes down to what is most important: individual rights or social responsibility to others. For me the latter will always be my first priority. Yes, right now that requires sacrifice but it’s a sacrifice I am willing to make if it means less people getting sick or dying; if it means keeping our health care systems from being overwhelmed; if it means having family dinners again where we feel truly safe and joyous in one another’s company.

We are entering the spring season, a season of new life and rejuvenation. It is my hope that the vaccines will do their job; that people can, eventually anyway, gather in celebrating life. Until then I will make whatever sacrifices are needed toward that end.

If you are a Christian, I bid you Happy Easter. If you are not then I bid you a Happy Spring!

17 thoughts on “Walk a mile in their shoes: a challenge in these times

  1. Happy Easter Carol. I agree with you on being responsible and careful. We are lucky to live in an era where even if meeting each other is not physically possible, we still have means to talk to each other, see and meet via zoom or other apps. We all need patience. Take care. I hope you get vaccinated soon.

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  2. Agreed! Individual rights got us into this mess. And ego-driven politicians have fueled most of it. People need to think of the GREATER GOOD because whether they admit it we are all connected. If this global pandemic doesn’t convince them I don’t know what will.
    All my friends have been vaccinated (I’ve not) and are still taking a lot of precaution. I’m beginning to develop vaccination-envy even though my life wouldn’t really change appreciably!

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    1. I can relate. I also have a wee bit of vaccine envy. We did have an appointment and my hopes were high that soon we’d be able to hug and visit loved ones again but unfortunately they did not recommend that particular vaccine for anyone with a chronic condition and so we wait. I anticipate having it within the next couple of weeks.

      Thanks so much for reading. and Happy Easter to you both. ❤

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      1. Carol, What was the vaccine they did NOT recommend? My doctor suggested to wait for the Johnson & Johnson since it was one shot and if I had a fibromyalgia flare-up it would be one time. I can not find information about vaccines and chronic conditions anywhere, including my doctor, the CDC etc. There seems to be data only for immunosuppressed individuals. Thanks, judy

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      2. It was the Astra Zeneca vaccine, we weren’t told much just that it was not recommended for anyone with a chronic condition.

        I hope you gets yours soon, too. Happy Easter btw 🙂

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  3. Well said. It’s been over a year now and many of us are feeling the pandemic fatigue. As much as I complain about how the pandemic has impacted my life, I’m still healthy and employed. I can’t imagine how stressful it is to be in a position of power or leadership and have to make these hard decisions. No matter what you do (or don’t do), some people are going to be upset. There’s no winning. We’re patiently waiting for our vaccines too. In the meantime we’ll continue to social distance, wear our masks, wash our hands regularly, and be thankful for what we have. At least it’s Spring and the weather is getting warmer. Hope you had a good Easter.

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    1. Thanks so much! It was a nice Easter. Very quiet, but the weather was good. Spring is helping lift all our spirits, I think. Yes, I am also experiencing pandemic fatigue, along with millions! I hope you had a lovely time at your cabin.

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      1. It was just what we needed. We managed to spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the warm weather. There’s no electricity or internet up at the cabin, so you really can unplug from the world around us. Take care.

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