The time for bickering and arguing is over. It's now time for all of us to shut up and mask up.

Like literally anyone and everyone reading this article, I, too, and beyond fed up with our current way of life. This road to normalcy is never-ending, and these days, it feels like we're still at the beginning of our trip, rather than approaching our destination.

Of course, that could be due to many reasons. Surely, if you spend any amount of time on Facebook, you've seen all of those potential reasons thrown around on an endless basis. Maybe our slow resurgence into normalcy is because we opened things up a little too much, and a little too soon. Maybe it's because we haven't fully committed to social distancing. Maybe it is indeed due to a lack of proper facemask use.

I'm not writing this article to get into arguments or side with any particular argument, idea, or opinion. I'm writing this article because now, more than ever, we have to do whatever it takes to get things going in the right direction.

I can speak personally to the financial toll taken by COVID-19 and our state's restrictions. Like many of you, I've had to find ways to make ends meet while losing 75% of my income seemingly overnight. We absolutely have to do whatever it takes for our families, and our communities to get this thing back on track. I don't know if wearing masks is the outright answer, my point is that we would be foolish and selfish not to give it an honest try.

Facemasks suck. Trust me, no one is happy or excited to wear them. My friends and co-workers can attest, I despise wearing these things. My point here today is that clearly something we're doing, and have been doing over the past couple of months, isn't the answer. What do we have to lose by wearing facemasks?

So, for the sake of our community, state, and country, let's put aside political beliefs and put on our masks.

Will it make a monumental difference? It might. Will it do absolutely nothing? It might.

Tomorrow, when the governer's state-wide mask mandate goes into effect until at least July 24th, I hope to see everyone do the right thing, and mask up without regret or anger. We all want the same thing, we all want our lives back. I'm hoping if we can find a way to stop arguing for two weeks, and all get on the same page. This could lead to our kids going to school in a somewhat normal fashion. It could lead to our personal lives getting back to normal sooner rather than later. Or, it won't make a difference.

I'm certainly ready and willing to give it 100% to see.

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