Why I Don’t Plan on Ditching the Mask Just Yet
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.
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.