I have had lots on my mind but have little time to write. So this week, I’m putting some screenshots of what others have shared into a post. Enjoy the pictures, and share on your own platforms if you feel moved to. These people have said things loads better than I could have ever expressed. Where I could, I captured the name of the person making the statement. For those images without a name, I credit the amazing Internet.
That was back when we knew very little about the novel virus, a virus that would change every aspect of home, school, and work life. In the beginning, I was nervous about how things would play out. Knowing that the situation could go from bad to worse, I never lost sight of the big picture.
Of all the charts we’ve seen about the coronavirus, that simple chart is the most relevant one in my opinion. Guard your rights before you lose them completely! Covid is scary for some people. I am not disputing that. Seeing just how quickly our personal rights were taken away because of Covid is scarier.
Some states, though, have started to lift restrictions and are encouraging businesses to open. I find that news to be a good thing! Apparently, scores of people are not as excited as I and several of my friends are about returning to normal. Some people would rather we stay locked up and behind masks. The ones who wish to live that way have every opportunity to stay quarantined, but for the rest of us who would like our freedom again…complaints must be made in writing 2 weeks in advance.
Citing all manner of demands: not till the virus is completely gone! not till all teachers are ready to come back to the classroom! not till everyone is vaccinated! will some feel that they are ready to emerge fully into the world again. I hate to break it to them, but the virus, as much as I’d love it to completely disappear, won’t disappear quickly.
We can’t know long-term benefits from any of the countermeasures https://www.hrsa.gov/cicp anyway! The people who’ve opted for them are creating that data right now. The unsettling thought of what health issues they may later have worries me. I know it worries other people also.
In one short year, COVID-19 changed lives, it changed rules and general habits. It also change d how we conduct ourselves in public. Because of it, schools and businesses have been restructured or shut down completely. Some places and some people will never be the same. Even with all the massive changes and distractions it’s brought, I am choosing to live through it. I may not be in control of some parts of life yet like I had been before, but I’ll ride through it looking for the positive. I’ll look to other people who believe like I do and support them and their work. I’ll do that every day until things return to some semblance of normal.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.