Early on, my family knew that this “pandemic” was likely more about politics than anything else. And after nearly a year, it appears that we were correct. Even so, there’s little comfort in knowing that fact when going out into the world to be bombarded by the insanity.
And it doesn’t change that for us parents, your kids are being normalized to this nonsense. In fact, just yesterday, one of my children asked what was wrong with a 20-year-old woman laying out in the park, completely alone and with a mask over her face.
You’ve probably been experiencing your own fair share of this never-ending fun. And if there’s one thing we all learned over the past year, it’s the true definition of “mission creep.” And probably also how regular people can be marched into committing the most atrocious yet nonsensical acts against their fellow man.
All that aside, if you’re like some of my readers and close friends, you’ve wondered how you can escape it all. Maybe not permanently but at least for a little bit. Since we tend to be rather intentional about how my family lives, I’m sure you’ll get some benefit, assuming you’re not completely locked down, out of these straightforward ways my family avoids the “pandemic.”
We keep a zero-mask policy wherever we go
At our house, we have a zero-mask policy for guests. And when we go out, we arrange our schedule to ensure wherever we go has minority mask wearing, if at all. In most areas, you can also avoid a mask yourself by focusing on pick-up options, for example. Not perfect, but better than the alternative. And we certainly avoid talking to or interacting with anyone wearing a mask, no matter who they are.
We have honest conversations with our children
If your kids are like ours, they have lots of questions. And to ensure we’re not “helicopter parenting,” we answer every one of them openly and honestly. While we do need to break down parts of our explanations, we make sure that they’re able to understand what’s happening… and why we’re making the choices we are.
We keep a whitelist of places to frequent
I don’t care if it’s a small business or a big business, we go to wherever has zero mask mandates. This includes the few businesses in my area that are quietly disregarding all the requirements and guidelines. These are the places you can seek out, and, personally, the only ones we’ll frequent.
We focus on outdoor and healthy activities
You’ve probably already noticed that people into outdoors and heath are much less likely to be masking or maintaining social distance. What super secret do they know that no one else knows?? So, most of our time is spent finding and visiting activities that are open air or out-of-doors.
We drive out of our area regularly for normal socializing
We’re fortunate enough that a few hours’ drive gets us into areas with no mandates or restrictions. And when you get there… everything is normal like it was over a year ago. So, we’ve switched to getting to know the people in these areas (and will likely move to one shortly enough).
We homeschool our children and are adamant about it
I sympathize with parents who’s schedules are more difficult. Being able to homeschool your child is blessing. And I’m glad we were always committed to setting up our lives to make it happen. Needless to say, we won’t ever be sending our children to a school, public or private.
We ensured that other activities were switched to home
In my family, we’re avid gym-goers. And for business, we also ate out with some regularity. However, all that’s changed. You can do wonders with a basic home gym setup. And for us, we’ll probably never bother eating out again. Homemade might not be as convenient but it’s more cost-effective… and tastier.
We set up private playdates and parties with like-minded friends
You probably know who’s against the government response to the pandemic and who’s not. So, we’re purposeful about private engagements. Anyway, gravitating toward people with commonsense will serve you better in the long-run.
We cancelled all corporate business that promotes it
After all the wokeness of 2020, we had already cancelled the few remaining corporate businesses we used. Now, if we see any promotion of pandemic pandering, we drop the business. Simply not interested in seeing their advertising or communications.
We shop at a farmer’s market for our groceries
You’d be amazed at how much shopping you can get done at your local, open-air farmers’ market. Not only is everything fresher for us, we’re able to do special orders and get to know good people doing good work.
When shopping for anything, we pick up extra
That said, anytime we buy items, we pick up extra now, grocery or otherwise. You might be feeling like us in that, you’re just not sure how easy it will be next time. Whether it’s a pair of cheap sneakers or a bag of coffee, we don’t intend to get blindsided by society’s insanity.
We only keep people in our lives who show courage
I’ll be the first to admit: I thought that I had surrounded myself with people who would resist the type of draconian absurdity we’ve seen. But I was wrong. You may also be feeling like more than half the people you know… aren’t who you thought they were. Well, at least for us, the time has come to only bother with those who are courageous and have common sense. All good intentions aside, it’s going to matter soon.
We simplified our lives and focus on staying joyful and resilient
Watching friends, even ones who support masks, distancing, and lockdowns, descend into depression and extreme anxiety has been unfortunate. How do you avoid it? You simplify, and you stay committed to your own well-being. This doesn’t mean you’ll always be happy with what’s happening, but it does mean you’ll be able to meet great challenges with a sense of purpose and peace.
And during these times, that might as well be worth it’s weight in gold.