That’s me in a selfie taken today.
And what is so special about it?
It’s in a supermarket and….
I am not wearing a mask!!
March 1, 2023. A historic day I would say as the HK government finally removed the compulsory mask order which had been put into place three years ago to fight covid.
But the mask killed more than covid germs.
It killed freedom – to express, to show joy, desire, anger, disappointment, sadness.
It took away our power to empathise, love, support other people in need as we couldn’t “see” them.
It made us look and feel like robots who were marching along day in and day out just doing what we had to do.
It took away precious years from the elderly who still had the fight left in them, the confidence that comes by being out and about.
It gave a cover to teens to hide their sudden change in hormones, their mood swings, their anxiety, their fear.
It killed the spark and curiosity in children who wanted to touch, feel and taste the newness around them, explore the world through all their senses.
The mask, no matter how thick or thin, disposable or made of cloth, in a single boring colour or made to look fancy – did protect our life, yet at the same time, took away the life out of us.
But the good news is …..it is all behind us now! And the sooner we do a mask-off the better.
For some it’s as easy as just burning down that pile of masks accumulated at home. And yet for some it will take time. Time to heal, to be able to face the world once again and to learn or even re-learn how to express their emotions all over again.
As with every change in life, this too shall pass. To make it an easier transition, think about what has this taught you, what is the “gift” that you have received over the last three years? Is it the gift of knowledge or power? And how can you use it to the fullest to inspire the next generation?
Selfie in a supermarket! Who would have thought this picture is worth a thousand smiles for me!