Double-vaxxed as of the weekend and damn near had a panic attack the first night. Compounding my dread and anxiety was an escapable feeling of apathy for my life and the world at large. -Unknown American
When all this began, I never dreamed I would cave. I held the line. I allowed family members to make autonomous decisions about their welfare. I even did my best Batman at various places outside my dwelling [masks ad nauseum].
Christmas rolled around, and I wasn’t allowed to celebrate with the people who mean the most. When a day as sacred as Christmas falls, anything goes.
Soon afterward, I missed the birthdays of nieces and nephews. This was not out of fear of spreading a virus, but to avoid a hefty fine for ignoring provincial guidelines.
After that, orchestral pots and pans on balconies to laud front-line workers. Cue countless TikTok videos of nurses dancing amidst an unprecedented virus. Both were daily occurrences.
Months went by, and an election was held. Mere theatrics to keep us occupied while more freedoms fell at the waist side.
Families suffered. Marriages imploded. Drug use skyrocketed; many narcotized out of fear.
The mental health of millions eroded while violent crimes spiked. Both attributed to the growing uncertainty of daily existence.
Twelve months is all it took.
Then, counter-culture news outlets warned of mandated vaccine passports on the horizon. They were quick to point out that increased control for governments worldwide was the real motive behind Covid-19.
Accepting our demands, following mandates, or feeling the wrath of ostracization is what those in power were, and, continue to say.
Now, promises of boosters for the double-vaccinated have surfaced. The necessity of these boosters is questionable at best.
Today’s iteration of the rich versus poor narrative; vaxxed versus non-vaxxed.
As for now, the crosshairs are on children under 12.
Think for a moment what life was like at twelve. For me, it was one of the most special times I can remember.
Hockey cards; schoolyard crushes; bike rides with my best friend. True autonomy.
All of that is gone.
Societies are judged by how they treat the most vulnerable; the elderly, youth, and the marginalized.
The marginalized were forgotten long ago. Our elderly have already been attacked.
But, when elected officials target children under 12, one recourse remains; arm yourselves, stand firm, and dare them.
Call me an idealist, but I wish to live in a world where children run freely at outdoor parks, without masks, with smiles for the world to see.
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