This picture was taken a little over a year ago on March 21, 2020. It was the first weekend after the official start of lockdowns and "2 weeks to flatten the curve." I am 99% sure I didn't post any of the pictures I took that day to Facebook. I didn't post them because I felt a little scared too. It seems pretty silly now. I mean, we weren't doing anything "wrong". There were many other people at this park doing the same thing we did - getting some fresh air and exercising. It was a great way to spend time with family and blow off some stress.
I know I wasn't the only person afraid to post pictures to social media showing what they were actually doing in their lives. I talked to other friends and acquaintances later in the year who told me they felt the same way. The fear of a public scolding from people who disagreed with you about what one "should" and "should not" be doing was very strong.
I can't believe that I was scared to post this picture. I vow never again to let fear stop me from sharing something that I know is actually a positive or healthy thing and that may help others. We need to all be braver together so we can get stronger together.
How about you? Did you self-censor last year?
Wife, mom, information and peace seeker.