Life is one big decision/choice after another. We wake up and decide whether or not to hit the snooze alarm or jump right out of bed, whether to eat a healthy breakfast or grab a pop tart, or whether to wear jeans or a skirt/suit. As the day goes on our decisions might become a bit more critical in our workplace and in our personal life.
When we are younger, we decide who we want to be friends with, and later who we want to date. We decide which college or trade school might be best for us, and then we hope that they select us. We decide on a career, change our mind several times, and finally achieve our goal. We choose who we marry or choose to remain single.
Many of those choices are life altering, but most of them aren’t life ending. There are those choices, however, that could make the difference between life or death. Should we always wear a seatbelt? What if it is uncomfortable? Should I start/give up smoking? I need something to help me relax. Should I get the vaccine? I do have a good immune system.
I believe that when we are faced with choices that involve the possibility of physical or mental fallback, we sit back, take a deep breathe, and do research. Who should we believe though, when we are being fed facts and theories from both sides?
First of all, it is important to read articles that support ideas against your first inclination as well as articles that seem to lead you in the direction you want to go.
Secondly, make sure the “expert” who is trying to sway you is truly an expert. In other words, neither Sean Hannity nor Don Lemon have degrees in medicine or research, so they will not be my vaccine go-to people. I am pretty sure that a spokesperson for “big tobacco” isn’t the best choice on information about the negative issues dealing with cigarettes. Instead, I try to find impartial people who have nothing to gain. Generally, I have turned to scientists because they are trained to be impartial.
Of course, even in the field of science there could be people with agendas, so I don’t pay as much attention to pharmaceutically driven studies on drugs as I do to physician-controlled studies/research that have nothing to do with drug companies. Once I do my own research among impartial presentations, I make my decision.
I am mildly drug phobic, so choosing to get three doses of the Pfizer vaccine was not an easy choice, but it was the only right one for me. After spending a year watching people I know get terribly sick and die from Covid-19, my fear of the disease outweighed my fear of the vaccine. I listened to those warning us against putting poison into our bodies, but I realized that most of them were either politically motivated or desperate to make a name for themselves.
This should not be a political issue. It isn’t a political issue really, considering a republican president made sure the vaccine was available quickly, and a democratic president is distributing it just as quickly. Even those who seem politically against the vaccine (i.e. Governor Ron DeSantis) are vaccinated themselves and helping to make it available to their constituents. It is the far radical politicians (on both sides) who cause the insurmountable damage to our democracy and our health.
I will finish today’s blog by saying that I am not a fan of a vaccine mandate, because I do believe in personal choice. I do hope that you use that personal choice to protect yourself and those in your community who need your help though. Of course, there is a small possibility of negative reactions in any type of vaccination, but there is so much more danger in letting fear overcome rational thought. I hope you choose to vaccinate, but whatever you decide, please let it be your own decision…don’t let self-serving agitators direct your personal choice. Stay Safe!
Speaking of choices, there are some very difficult ones in Legacy of Lies, a legal thriller by Robert Bailey. This novel brings back some of my favorite characters in a Deep South setting that has me craving fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese.
As always, a complete review of this book follows my blog.