Stay In or Go Out: You Have the Freedom to Choose

I want to start off by saying that it is ok to have a difference of opinions. Just because someone does not believe or act in the exact same manner that you would in regards to a particular situation does not mean they are wrong. A wise man once told me that there is more than one way to get to the number 10. You can add 8 +2 or you can multiply 5 x 2. Both ways are correct. Better yet, neither is incorrect. Most of the time we get caught up in thinking there’s only one way, our way. That is incorrect. A lot of the decisions we make are based on the options we are given within certain parameters. Unfortunately, every decision made isn’t going to please everyone. Right now, President Trump is allowing the Governors to reopen their states when certain criteria are met. A lot of people are excited about this while others are in an uproar. Neither side is incorrect. We forget that even with the States opening back up, we still have options. Now, let’s explore if you want to choose to stay in or go out. 

Just because the door is open does not mean that you have to go outside. You have the right to choose to continue to self-quarantine. If you think that things are reopening too soon and you do not want to risk your health, then exercise your right to continue to stay inside. You do not have to use or participate in any of the services that are being reopened. You do not have to go and sit down in a restaurant to eat nor do you have to participate in any recreational activity such as going bowling. You do not have to go to a beauty salon or a barber shop. You do not have to go out and socialize. You can still choose to stay home if you believe that is the best decision for you and your family. If you do not want to walk through that open door, then close it. It’s as simple as that.

After nearly being quarantined for two months, some businesses and services will be reopened by the end of the week. If you want to go out to these establishments, you have the right to do so as long as you do it within the guidelines that are put into place. If you want to go to the barber shop and get a haircut, then make an appointment and go. If you want to go bowling with friends, go. And of course, if your State has allowed the gym to reopen and you want to go workout, then go and workout. You are free to go out and participate in these activities. Do what you do and enjoy it.

Now what I’m seeing is a lot of ridicule because certain businesses are opening up and people are going to use their services. I also see a lot of ridicule aimed at the people who are choosing to continue to stay home. That is wrong on both ends. You should not verbally attack someone or a group of people because they are not making the exact same choices as you are. Instead of always putting each other down, why not encourage one another? If you are choosing to stay home, encourage those going out to use caution. If you are choosing to go out, encourage those staying in to take baby steps so that the economy and local businesses can get going again. It’s as if we have found another way to be divided. How about we support each other and get through this together. But that too is a choice. Whatever you choose to do, analyze the information you’ve received and make the best decision for you and your family.

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