Throughout the pandemic, I’ve stayed out of the political debates and discussions both online and as much as possible, at home. We all have our own perspectives on the pandemic, masks, vaccines, travel restrictions, and the related difficulties.
For those of you who don’t know me personally, I have family in Canada which is also where my tiny home is located. My partner lives in the US, I run a business out of the US and my main residence is in the US. Traveling freely between Point Roberts in the USA and Salt Spring Island in Canada, where the majority of my family, including my children live, is vital to my family’s health and well being. To add insult to injury, in February of this year, my youngest son was diagnosed with three rare life threatening cancers.
To be able to support him, it was necessary for me to stay in Canada. The quarantine, border restrictions and associated costs made it impossible for me to come to the US. Although I understand why the restrictions are in place, it took a huge toll on my relationship and my business which damaged my family’s emotional, spiritual and financial well being.
My point? During the pandemic, people from all over the world have had increased levels of stress, anxiety, and financial pressure. Many people have lost loved ones or been separated by borders for over 1.5 years! I realize you know all of this.
My intention in reiterating what we all have faced personally and as a global society is to share a not so gentle reminder. BE KIND! When we face these types of challenges, it is vital to our personal and global health that we hold space for one another.
It is vital that we treat each other with compassion and respect. I posted this photo of me in my pride mask, stripping down at the end of my work day on Twitter and received the following comment:
“Wearing a mask while naked is the perfect outfit for a dullard.”Nude Yogis
I mean, seriously, WTF?!? I had just gotten back from an elderly client’s home. They felt more comfortable with all of us wearing masks. Was it hot and a tad annoying to have to wear both a shirt (even though it’s technically legal for women to be top free in Washington state)? Yes. Was it hot and a tad annoying to have to wear a mask? Yes.
But, at the end of the day, it is not about me. When I am out in the world, I have zero desire to make others feel uncomfortable (although I do exercise my top freedom rights and occasionally make people uncomfortable). However, I will not EVER choose my own personal comfort (being mask free) and make someone else feel unsafe.
Do I feel like me being mask free was a direct danger to our lovely clients. No. But I do my best to be a conscientious and compassionate global citizen. My wish for everyone is that they feel safe, respected and supported. If you disagree with me on any level, that’s okay. But please be kind.
From my heart to yours, Joy