What is the METHOD HOW to Find Value, or Rather, Quality of Life, in a Time that was Anticipated to be the “New Normal?”

Where’s mine?

Some Say to do it, Others Say to Not

We are referring of course to COVID and the situation of deciding should we wear a mask or should we not? Even here in New York City, a large amount of people in Manhattan don’t do the “mask thing” anymore. But I do, and the majority of humans I know, do so as well.

Quality of Life and Value

In the end we are all seeking a quality of life or value. There are many now, here in the greatest city in the world, that feel that they have paid the price of staying indoors for more months than they want to count, and now it is time to get what they are owed: being mask free. I can understand that. Where’s the quality of life when wearing a mask? What good does it do living in Manhattan if masks and staying indoors is what we face day in and day out. There really is no quality of life there. It is like buying a product but not getting value for it.

The Slot Machine of COVID

It used to be only on certain networks that when it came to what we then called the “Corona Virus,” was not anything to be worried about and to feel free to go maskless indoors and in very close quarters. But now here in the Big Apple, those who used to preach, “thou must where thy mask” are throwing caution to the wind. They are cashing in on their investment of staying within four walls for a year or more, and now are getting the their payday of value, they are not wearing those uncomfortable things any longer. Jackpot!

Not Going to Take it Anymore

It’s really all about wanting quality of life. If you make a purchase you expect to get value for what you have spent. And the same goes now for people all over the city. They see themselves of having paid the price of being shut-ins, and now they are cashing in on what they feel they deserve and are saying bye bye to the N95s.

Caught it Anyway

Maybe I am a sap, but I continue to wear my mask that I have to constantly adjust the area that covers my nose so my glasses do not cloud up too much, resulting in needing to spend time later cleaning the lenses. That is not quality of life. I have paid the price too, so where is my value exchange? The funny thing is though. As a mask wearing snob, I ironically caught COVID a few weeks ago anyway.

Where’s My Quality of Life?!

The symptoms like soar throat, fever, coughing, cold chills and so on, occurred for one evening, during which time I was tested positive. And then the next morning I was free of symptoms, but did not want to give it anyone else so I stayed indoors. Where’s my quality. Where’s my value exchange, I paid the price? Oh wait, I stay indoors most of the time anyway!

Is it Over?

ArtisticPreneur, which is the name of a website, often looks at being artistic versus engaging in entrepreneurship, as though it was the arts versus business. No, creativity comes in manty different forms, some that might look more business than arts but are still creative. Why do I say that with such confidence?

Because between the pandemic, wearing the mask, and still wearing the mask, and again wearing it, I have had lots of time to think. I am sifting around in my brain scenarios that quite simply, I did not have the time to really ruminate about them.

Even though, at least in New York, people are wearing masks less because they are not mandatory in as many places it had been before. The “Corona Virus After” is not the reality. It is not over. Not by a long shot. The world and our country have become chaotic. We are seeing things on the news we never thought we would. Laws being broken by those we put our faith in, and no one is doing a thing about it, and the lawyers are doing well as they always do until they are replaced by A.I.

So many extra things to be worried about. We are a divided nation, there is inflation, the flash mob thievery plus intense floods and fire, and that is just the beginning.

“Corona Virus After” got that name because of the belief at the time that there would actually be an “After.” Have we reached it? Is it post COVID a reality? I remember way back in the very beginning of COVID when suddenly out of nowhere announcements about it happening in New York traveled all over the country. Here in Manhattan, NYC, we knew right away that this was not going to leave us alone for a long time.

I remember early on getting a call from one of my sisters from California and the “Corona Virus” did not even have its training wings yet. My sister had heard on the news about some of the struggle going on here in the Big Apple and had a suggestion. She proposed that maybe my family and I go to the Hamptons for a few days. Then when this whole Virus thing blows over, come back to the city.

My sister meant well of course, but I was already in full gear gathering the essentials if we were not able to go outside for months.