When I rode my bike the other day, I saw a ton of snakes. I’m always brought to a story when I see a snake on a trail of a friend who accidentally ran over a snake and it got caught in her spokes. (long, deep, horrendous sigh) Yep. That would seriously be the end of my life. I shudder now to think of it …
Everyone has fears. If I allow my fears to dictate the direction of my life (like - I won’t ride my bike for fear of running over a snake) then I’ll lose out - so I keep an eagle eye on the trail. Maybe I’m too vigilant and keep my focus too much on the trail (squirrels and chipmunks also run across the road and I have huge fear of running them over so I’m screaming at them a lot) but I don’t hit a lot of animals.
Fear has a huge place in the pandemic. People are making a lot of different choices than they would have a year ago. Fear dictates behavior. Fear of acquiring the virus, fear of not getting back to “normal”, fear of isolation and loneliness … and alternatively, the absence of fear dictates behavior as well. Some people don’t believe that masking is effective and that the virus is a hoax. And they behave differently.
So I don’t know. We are seeing a lot of different perspectives in the nation today and I guess, be as safe as you can. Watch out for the “animals” on your “trail” and avoid “hitting them” (getting sick). We need you here.