Tommy: A bit of optimism during the coronavirus pandemic

Gloved hands making a heart sign
Photo credit InspirationGP/Getty Images

When you go to a Saints game, you can’t carry the football. You can’t throw it. You can’t kick it. And you certainly can’t tackle anybody or deflect a pass. So what do you do to help the boys in black and gold win? You make as much noise as you can because THAT’S YOUR JOB.

I think that same strategy can be applied to our current situation with the novel coronavirus. The vast majority of us can’t do epidemiological research. We can’t work on developing a vaccine. All we CAN do is follow the advice the credible experts give us and DO OUR JOB to make sure this madness ends and we can get back to normalcy.

That’s what puzzles me about this whole “plandemic” nonsense. If you’re not feeling well, would you really keep looking for doctors until you found the one that confirmed your own self-diagnosis even if it was wrong? If you had a leak in your roof, would you go through as many roofers as it took to find the one that agreed with you as to the location of the leak as opposed to one that proved you wrong and fixed the leak?

We need to be GOAL-ORIENTED as it relates to getting back to normal. We can’t give in to our rebellious inner child. “I’m not gonna wear a mask and YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!” “I’ll get as close to you as I want; I don’t have to social distance.” What’s next? The old “I’m not touching you” taunt?

The GOAL is to put this whole coronavirus nightmare behind us. I want to stop losing money. I want to be able to go out and eat again. I want to be able to go to a Saints game and DO MY JOB of giving them the home field advantage. So, I’m going to do whatever it takes to get us back to normal. I’m going to wear a mask because I want to get back to normal.

Sometimes when you’re in the middle of a fight you tend to lose sight of the big picture, and it can be hard to remain optimistic.