You know I meant to post yesterday, but I was overcome with a huge case of Do-As-Little-As-Possible which of course as a lot of you know, is the type of malady that not only can come on suddenly, but one that has no vaccine and no accepted medical treatment.
But fortunately, it only lasted a day, and now I can actually not just write a post, but get motivated to so things, even if they are not major or not of great benefit to society overall. At least it's a step in the right direction, if you ask me.
Most places in the U.S. at this point are relaxing a lot if not all of their Covid-19 restrictions for people who have been vaccinated. Tomorrow, the City of Philadelphia will cancel the indoor mask-wearing mandate for any vaccinated people. I've been thinking about all of these seemingly sudden changes, and deciding how I want to proceed, and while doing so, I realized that once I got over the intial claustrophobic feeling of wearing a mask, I really didn't mind at all. And so, continuing to wear one - even when the state said we didn't have to - was not a problem for me.
Then I realized when I sat down to write this post, that it was also Thursday, and have decided that I would make this a Three on Thursday post. So here you go: Three Things I Liked About Having to Wear a Mask:
*these are all reasons beyond the obvious ones about not getting Covid, or giving it to anyone else, etc.
1. In the cold weather, a mask helped to keep my face warmer; in the warm weather, a mask helped me not feel my allergies so much, since it blocked a lot of the pollen.
2. I could frown, stick out my tongue, or just place a look of disgust on my face, and as long as it was not too elaborate, no one was the wiser. It was freeing to stick my tongue out at douchebags with no consequences.
3. This one is my most favorite - wearing a mask meant that for the last year plus some months, I have not had to deal with a single random male person of any age telling me to "Smile, honey, it's not that bad," or "C'mon sweetheart, give us a nice smile there." ZERO OCCURRENCES during the pandemic and it has been the Very.Best.Thing.Of.All. Granted, if someone had been stupid enough to say it anyway, I could revert to actions described in #2. But not having to even hear the words at all was the most wonderful benefit.
I would like to think that moving forward, when people have colds, etc., they will decide to wear masks to keep others from catching it. But I also really liked to think that people would band together during the pandemic to do the right thing, and that everyone who possibly could would get vaccinated once the vaccine was available, so I think I may be the only one saving my masks for when I am sick.
In any case, at least a lot of people DID wear masks, and I hope for them there were some benefits other than the obvious and necessary ones. I have to say, for me it has become automatic, so I guess going forward I'll have a new habit to break, at least for every day regular life ...