Commentary by Jason Peek
After listening to a multitude of people tell me how depressed they are lately and also sick and tired of politics, politicians and COVID-19 rules and regulations on top of life’s everyday problems, I retreat to Muldoon’s Irish Pub for my usual Belle’s Double Hearted Ale and my favorite hot wings.
This represents 45 minutes of peace and happiness to me, just one of the little things that make me content and takes me away from the humdrum of all the 2020-21 baloney.
I love that they know me there and give a quick hello and leave me alone, only talking to me if I initiate conversation as they know this is my quiet time.
My mind starts to drift into these little moments that I enjoy in life, letting the stress go away for a short period of time. Then, it dawns on me that these little things are the spice of life that I should enjoy more, and then it hits me that while I do these little things, I also am helping a business during hard times.
I have had lots of people tell me that coming to the Main Street Barber Shop is their time for relaxation and enjoyment of a little thing. I value that. Lots of businesses are struggling after everything that has happened, and I am going to make an effort to get out of the house and enjoy myself a lot more.
We all have things we like to do and should all do them more for our mental and spiritual health. I understand there is a virus and I take precautions, but I will not sit in my home scared to live my life and enjoy others’ company at the local places I enjoy.
Living in fear is not living. And sitting inside feeling safe to me is very boring and mundane. I would rather live my life and take risks doing these little things that make me happy a little bit at a time.
For me, it’s time to get back at it, for I am sick and tired of the alternative.