Restrictions are being lifted more and more every day and Massachusetts will be completely reopen next week.

So will you be completely ditching your mask? I don't think I will.

If the past year has taught me anything, it is just how lax most people are with their health. The number of times I heard "even if I get it, I'll be fine" was very surprising and made me realize how invincible most folks feel.

But not me. I am perhaps too much of a realist and a bit too much of worrywart for that way of thinking.

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That may be why I never had an issue with wearing a mask. Indoors, outdoors, exercising – if chances were it was going to keep me healthier. I was all for it.

And I think I still am.

I have not had a healthier year of my life in a really long time.

I didn't have a single cold in 2020. I lost about 15 pounds. I spent more time outdoors and developed lots of new healthy food habits.

Though I can't credit all of that to wearing a mask, I can see the health benefits of it in my own life.

That is why I think a mask will always be in my purse or pocket from here on out, even with my vaccination.

Whether it's COVID-19, the flu or a run-of-the-mill cold, if a mask is going to help me avoid it, I am all for it.

Now I'm not saying I'm going to live my life in a mask from here on out. I'm just thinking as I return to more crowded places like concert venues or festival grounds, I'd feel better keeping my mask on for now.

Yes, I know I am going to be in the minority here and may even look downright strange continuing to rock a mask. But I'm honestly not so sure I'm ready to completely let them go just yet.

And until I feel totally confident in ditching the mask, I simply won't.

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