Today I planned on covering the possibility of upcoming small business stimulus coming from DC; in summary, don’t count on it, but that is a slight oversimplification. I will delve deeper into it next week.
Putting that aside, I caught COVID; again, and it sucks, again.
Some of you may remember, I caught the first strain of COVID back in mid-2020; that really sucked, and it was the sickest I can remember ever feeling. Now, it looks like I jumped on the Omicron train and get to “enjoy” this variant as well.
First off, this is not medical advice, nor is this political commentary, just straight, honest talk about the situation we all face. I must be careful what I say here as the YouTube police and cancel culture is very quick to react without actually listening to the content. The fringe of both political parties have hijacked the narrative and are hellbent on their view being the only valid perspective. If you speak out of line, you are beaten into submission.
It is sad, but a very vocal minority of one party is 100% against vaccines and masks. On the other side of the aisle, another very vocal minority believes vaccines and masks should be mandated. Collectively, these two groups probably only account for 10% of the world, but damn, are they vocal.
That leaves the rest of us, the other 90% of the sensible people in this world, shaking our heads. For us rational folks, we can stand back and say, “Wait a second. Maybe vaccines & masks help some, but they aren’t a magic cure. They have a time & place, but humanity also needs to realize there is no perfect fix for this. We have to move on.”
Shutting down small businesses and instituting mask & vaccine mandates do more harm in the long run and are not magical tickets to the promised land.
As a society, we have allowed political figures and talking heads in the media to dictate our beliefs. If you are from X political party, you believe this; if you are from Y political party, you believe that. Yet, actual facts do not change, only the interpretation of these facts.
I would like to read a quick snippet from the introduction of one of my upcoming books, it is still in very rough draft form, and while it was not written about COVID specifically, I think it applies well to this topic at hand.
There is no panacea, no utopia, no perfect world; these are all just idealistic fantasies conjured up by a society yearning for something better. With each coming decade, the youth, disillusioned by the hypocritical approach to life by the generations before, adopt the mantra of change. They fight to save this and protect that. Most are noble, if not a little naive. Not to say their causes are bogus, not worthy of the fight; on the contrary, most are immensely admirable.
The problem comes when people are easily misled by groupthink. The organizational structure and the communal association become the driving factors in decision making, and the original cause they fought for becomes nothing but a talking point to bash over opponents’ heads. The tribal mentality becomes dogmatic and ingrained.
The predictability is so apparent to any student of history. The inevitable always comes to pass. The loud war drums for change are slowly tapered down, beaten into submission, and eventually snuffed out. As the generation’s youth grow up, get jobs, buy homes, and start families, their priorities diverge. These once fervent warriors of change lose focus on issues that were their lives, their entire identity just a few years prior. Sure, they continue to put the bumper stickers on their car and campaign signs in their front yard, but this is just window dressing. The concern about keeping up appearances becomes the goal, and their once beloved causes take the backseat.
The truth is never their goal; it is merely a roadblock to overcome in many cases.
As I get closer to releasing my book, I will share more upcoming information.
Back to today’s topic.
I am double-vaccinated and boosted, yet I still caught COVID; again. I always knew this was a possibility as the science, the actual science, not the CNN version of science, said you could still catch COVID after being vaccinated. Still, statistically speaking, a vaccinated person is less likely to suffer severe symptoms.
I chose to be vaccinated not because the media told me to or because the government-mandated it; instead, I chose this path in line with medical guidance because I have a family member that is immunocompromised, and I wanted to set an example to show it was safe to take the vaccine. How could I encourage the family to take it, but opt out myself? That was my perspective.
In closing, I will leave you with this one last thought. To get the jab or not should be a personal choice between a patient, their family, and their physician. Not so-called experts in the media. Whether it is CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, etc., nobody should get in between you speaking with your doctor and determine what is right for you.
No matter how much this illness sucks, and sadly, how many lives are lost or impacted by it, the rest of the world needs to move on. Hunkering in place and shutting down the world will not solve the problem; as a species, we will survive, and we must move on.
Thankfully some are starting to realize this, which is evident by the mass migration of people out of states with authoritarian restrictions and high taxes; to open & free states like Florida and Texas.
What do you think about COVID, the restrictions, etc.? Comment down below and share, but remember we are all adults here, so don’t act like a whiny child if someone doesn’t agree with your views of the world.
I guess one more thing that sucks about getting sick right now, I was planning on going to Idaho in a few days to help fly a helicopter back to Florida. My instructor went out of her way to arrange it so I could get some extra experience flying across multiple states, figuring that would be great practice for my upcoming #OpenForBusiness nationwide tour. So, sorry for bailing on you last minute Grace, but have a good flight.
Speaking of #OpenForBusiness, we all know how much this pandemic has hurt small businesses across the country. That is why I created my awareness campaign to shine a spotlight on some of these small businesses.
Don’t forget to check out www.OpenFor.Business and register your business today. As you know, this is my small business awareness campaign, along with Aubrey Janik, Jamel Gibbs, Minority Mindset, Investment Joy, Rod Squad, Kenny Keller, Kristen Ottea, and Mark Moss; we will fly around the country in a helicopter landing at select small businesses nationwide. Do you want me to land the helicopter at your office or feature you on the program? Go to the website and register your business now. These spots are very limited
I am so excited to announce the support from AutoCorner, Namecheap, BestBuy, ZipRecruiter, Dun & Bradstreet, Constant Contact, and Unbanked. Without their support, this nationwide small business helicopter tour would not be possible!
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