I shared of the poor etiquette of my fellow passengers at LAX, but the entire airport was packed…I have not seen it this full in over a year. And with California set to fully re-open on June 15th, life is finally returning to normality. This makes me very excited…and very thankful.
Crowds At LAX As California Roars Back
We’ve dealt with over a year of shutdowns, lockdowns, and gradual re-opening in California. While California currently boasts the lowest infection rate in the country, there was a time in which it was the worst.
Like many, I dutifully stayed home for a time, suspended travel, and paused life. I may have resumed it, somewhat, before most, but it has only been in the last couple weeks that I’ve been able to sit down inside a restaurant once again. It was only yesterday that I was able to work out inside my gym instead of outside.
June 15th is still a long way off. There’s still much that could go wrong in the next two months. Indeed, the suspension of J&J vaccines may present a roadblock to re-opening. But I am thankful that people are no longer staying home. The vaccine is not a green light to be reckless, but if we trust in its efficacy (and I do), then the economic cost of pausing life no longer makes sense.
Maybe one day we’ll look back and see that sheltering in place was counterproductive from the start, but it is time to move to the next chapter, and that includes commerce and exploring the world anew.
I don’t think we will ever be able to declare victory over COVID-19. Like influenza, we will see new strains and variations each year…I expect an annual COVID-19 vaccine along with my annual flu shot.
But understanding that life is quickly passing us by, every decision in life is a risk/benefit analysis, we will all die, and that through vaccinations plus proper hygiene we can greatly reduce risk to ourselves and others is an important milestone.
There will still be outbreaks. There will be selfish people who do not stay home when they are sick and spread sickness to others. Yes, there will be people who exploit the system to their own advantage, at the expense of others. But this is life. And now we return to the life we have greatly missed.