It's hard to believe that at this time last year most of us were still locked up in our small quarantine pods. Sure, we were no longer in a complete state of shutdown, but we were very much still hesitant to cross pandemic boundaries - both physical and emotional ones. While I don't miss that awkward moment where you finally see someone you haven't seen in months but you're not really sure how to physically greet them (wave > elbow bump), I do miss the benefits that resulted from a lack of socializing: people minding their own fucking business. Not only did people not know what was going on in your life because, well, there wasn't really much activity going on in anyone's life, but they were also much willing to show compassion because they didn't know what was going on in other people's life.
Well guess what??? We still don't know what's going on in other people's lives! We NEVER know what's going on in other people's lives! And guess what else??? The world would be a much better place if we showed compassion ALL the time, not just when we're in a state of crisis. We may no longer be restricted to our apartments and forced to cover our mouths with face masks, but maybe we should still keep our mouths closed sometimes.
...unless you're vaccinated and ready to participate in the comeback of public bar make outs.
We need more of those this summer.