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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Californians Stay Home Under Governor’s Extended Order

How do some residents in sunny California deal with staying at home?


Californians may stay home under Governor Gavin Newsome’s extended stay-at-home order, but obviously, not everyone is happy about it. 

In fact, probably no one is truly happy about it, but at least the vast majority of us have sense enough not to protest it. 

Common sense is evidence enough that the order is for all of our safety, in spite of how much it may suck.


Californians Stay Home

Democrats or Republicans, Independents, or otherwise, the vast number of Californians continue to follow the stay-home rules and guidelines.

The majority of people seem to rely on their own eyes and ears, when it comes to recognizing what’s right in front of you. 

All we see and hear every day is more sickness and more death, all resulting from this indiscriminate virus. Why the heck should anyone be playing politics, when the virus is an enemy to everyone?  

If hot-headed, partisan critics would put politics aside, it wouldn’t even  take a Dr. Fauci or a Dr. Bright to recognize what's painfully obvious. 

Governor Newsome may be scoffed at, but at least his intentions are to save lives. On the other hand, the slow-acting administration in Washington is indirectly responsible for thousands of deaths, and at this rate, probably thousands more.


Stay at Home Compliance

With all our sunny days, awesome beaches, and gazillion things for us to enjoy, why on earth would we want to stay at home?

I totally get it, but so what? Complying with stay at home guidelines is exactly what we have to do. 

When it’s time to put on your big boy and girl underwear and be the adults in the room, you do what you have to do. 

Any way you look at it, sacrificing our health to save the economy is pointless. If most of the world is dead or dying, who are we saving it for?

Some readers probably disagree with my viewpoint, and that’s okay, just like some Californians may disagree with the Governor’s order, and that’s okay too. 

We love expressing our views. That’s just who we are. Californians don’t always agree with one another. But as long as we continue to stay-at-home, and help keep each other safe, we can agree to disagree all day long.


Californians are Creative

It’s no secret that there’s a lot of creative people in California, and I don’t just mean in the entertainment industry. 

I live in Los Angeles, where you have a wide array of artists, musicians, writers, and scores of other creative-types. 

That’s not even counting Hollywood and the known celebrities and artists that live in and around Burbank, Studio City, and other Hollywood areas.

The point is, Californians know how to be creative and find productive ways to make use of their time. This can also be a sort of release valve.

It helps redirect your anxiety, when you can throw yourself into something constructive. It doesn’t do anyone any good to be impatient about the situation.

The seriousness of this crisis demands that we listen to reason, no matter how impatient or antsy that we get.

If you find yourself at your wits end, and you need something to do, maybe it’s time to tap into your own creative side.

Stay Home and Create

Are you one of the few Californians complaining right now, because the stay-at-home order has been extended? 

More than likely, part of your annoyance is driven by the maddening effects of staying in the house for so long. 

But I know you don’t want a park get together for a picnic to lead to a cemetery get together for a funeral.  

If boredom and impatience is a major concern, get proactive about it. Think of a long-term project you can do or create, so that every single day you have something to wake up for and look forward to doing. 

The bottom line is, no matter what state we live in, and what our daily lives used to look like; that picture has changed forever. 

Coming to grips with that cold, hard fact can actually help you. It was definitely helpful for me. 

I believe that sensible individuals (not just in California, but everywhere) understand the importance of listening to what the experts say. 

To balk, complain, disagree, and outright rebel is simply madness, and will even cost some people their very lives.

So instead of spending time worrying, stressing, or fussing about what you can’t change, decide to do something productive instead. 

By investing time into something worthwhile, you may actually come to appreciate this time you have to stay at home.