Making a Choice in 2020

Life is difficult enough as it is, and making choices are not always easy.

If the year 2020 has taught us anything, its that making choices aren’t about to get any either.

As we sit in the midst of a pandemic, the world continues to slowly start to reopen while forcing our hand and our opinions in a multitude of directions. 

As adults, some of us are being ushered back to our jobs and careers – some of which have been at a stand still for over five months.

We’re working in a world with new barriers and limitations on what is and what is not ‘acceptable’ right now.

And not for any bad reasons – whether you believe or not, there are limits in place to not only protect ourselves, but to protect others as well.

We are being asked to wear masks and social distance when we go into stores or out into the public.

Following along with the masses doesn’t make us any less of ourselves, nor does it negate our own thoughts and beliefs.

When we actively engage with the public and with others, following certain protocols is a mark of respect. 

Working on the frontline we have a reputation to uphold and a standard to portray.

As we ask those around us to follow suit, we need to lead by example as we welcome the world back with open and well distanced arms.

Beyond the front line, adults, parents, students and children are being faced with the looming school year beginning in only a few weeks.

Parents are being tasked to decide now whether they feel that their children are set to start the new school year in person in class, online, or if they will be opting out all together and opting for a complete home school approach.

And so far there is little room for wiggle room on any side.

The choice that is made will basically determine your Childs fall future.

Whether you choose in person, online, or home school – there is no right or wrong answer.

Every person, and every family’s path is completely different and you will have to do what is best for your given situation.

As much as we are ‘all in this together’ – that thought process only extends so far.

Yes. We are all together, doing our best to survive a pandemic.

However, our individual needs, wants, desires and beliefs will steer us to a multitude of different opinions, choices, and answers.

While some families may have parents working from home, or found themselves out of work, or may be in a single parent situation struggling to get by – we all find ourselves looking at the same options, but faced with many different reasons to pick one over the other.

And for this reason, there is no right or wrong answer, just as we aren’t really all in this to the same degree as the person next to us.

We all also have our own battles that we may be fighting without having to add a pandemic to the list.

And these battles will also weigh heavy on our minds as we brave this next season and the next onslaught of choices that could very well determine our fates.

One thing is for certain however – while we may not all be fighting a pandemic at the same level as our neighbours, or to the same degree – we all do have the capacity to uphold a sense of community.

If not for ourselves but for those struggling. 

We owe it to ourselves to be kind and respectful of others.

We need to acknowledge our differences and understand that we may not all have the same goal or the same way of making it through a day.

By being open and mindful of others, we’re giving them the space to live freely within their own home, while being respectful of those outside it.

We’re encouraging people to still uphold their own thoughts, opinions, and beliefs but to remember that there is a large community that relies on the help of others to survive.

Our actions can have a direct reaction to those around us and we need to ensure we’re doing all that we can to protect not just ourselves, or our family, but our neighbours and their families.

On the path of life, choices and decisions may not always appear black and white, and in this year alone, we have definitely found that there is not always a right or a wrong answer.

Guest Blogger Rayna Davies

Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management.  She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security.  Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details.  These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities.  She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration.  Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.