Why Our Inner REBEL Matters!

๐Ÿคฌ ๐ˆ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐โ€™๐“ ๐‹๐ˆ๐Š๐„ ๐๐„๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐Ž๐‹๐ƒ ๐–๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐Ž ๐ƒ๐Ž! ๐Ÿคฌ

When someone tells me to do something, the first question I often think is: โ€œWhy?!โ€ โ‰๏ธ

The inner rebel in me instinctively takes over in defense. ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

โ€œ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’š ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐‘ฐ ๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’?!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ก

โ€œ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’ ๐’…๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’‚๐’“๐’†?!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ก

โ€œ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’ ๐‘ด๐‘ฌ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’…๐’?!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ก

In a desire to assert my power, Iโ€™m quick to assume the worst intentions of the other person. In an instant, Iโ€™m ready to protect my desire to be free from the chains which possibly await me. โœŠ

Can you relate? โฌ‡๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘ You donโ€™t like being told what to do unless you feel respect for the other person?

๐Ÿ‘ You donโ€™t like being told what to do unless you feel you can trust the other person?

๐Ÿ‘ You donโ€™t like being told what to do unless you feel the other person treats you like a human being and not like an object?

If so, youโ€™re not alone! I have felt the same way! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

But fortunately, these feelings of rebellion tend to be temporary. ๐Ÿ™‚

Typically after a moment of self-restraint and introspection my emotions fall back on solid ground. ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž. ๐Ÿ‘ค

I know heโ€™s just doing his job to protect me from perceived threats. Like any natural instincts we have (Fight, Flight, and Freeze), they’re all just here to help us survive. If we didnโ€™t have them, we wouldnโ€™t be alive for very long! ๐Ÿ˜…

In other words: ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐š๐ซ. ๐‡๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ.

But what happens when our inner rebel doesnโ€™t go away? What happens when he overstays his welcome and takes control over everything we do? ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

When untamed, how does our inner rebel handle situations heโ€™s faced with? โ‰๏ธ

๐Ÿคฌ Perhaps he responds with cynicism.

๐Ÿคฌ Perhaps he responds with resentment.

๐Ÿคฌ Perhaps he responds with hostility or even violence.

Because if I know how stubborn my inner rebel is when being told what to do, I canโ€™t imagine how hard it is for someone else dealing with an inner rebel they aren’t even aware of! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

But hereโ€™s the thing…๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ฅ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐๐จ! ๐Ÿ‘

Hear me out! ๐Ÿ›‘

Iโ€™m NOT justifying violence. Iโ€™m NOT justifying people acting upon their inner rebels like this either. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ž๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ž๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ. ๐Ÿ˜จ

A LOT has happened in the past year. Weโ€™ve all been experiencing a level of uncertainty and discomfort most of us would never think weโ€™d become accustomed to. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Not only have we experienced the effects of a global pandemic, something most of us have never experienced in our lifetime, itโ€™s also happened during a time when our country has never been more politically divided (https://pewrsr.ch/3v9o6uK)! โš”๏ธ

What shouldโ€™ve been a moment in our countryโ€™s history to come together and fight this virus instead became a breeding ground for hysteria, denialism, and hypocrisy. What shouldโ€™ve been a moment where effective leadership and cooperation in the highest positions of government was needed the most did not appear. ๐Ÿ˜”

So I get it. โค๏ธ

THESE are just some of the reasons why I canโ€™t blame peopleโ€™s inner rebels for coming out of the woodwork lately and feeling the way they do.

โš ๏ธ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ.

โš ๏ธ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ค๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

โš ๏ธ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ โ€œ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ง ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒโ€; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ.

To clarify, I am NOT placing all the blame on authority figures. I am NOT saying we as individual citizens donโ€™t also have a responsibility for the choices we make. And I am NOT denying that misinformation, conspiracy theories, and scientific illiteracy hasnโ€™t made it much more difficult for those in authority to communicate with the general public. It certainly has. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐Ÿšจ ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐จ๐›๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ. ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฒ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ.

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐›๐ž ๐จ๐›๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ-๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ -๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐ง๐ฃ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ง ๐…๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ค๐ฅ๐ข๐ง: “๐€ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ.” ๐Ÿšจ

My point is: your inner rebel is NOT crazy for feeling the way he feels! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Itโ€™s because I know my own inner rebel that I know shame, condescension, and ridicule from others isn’t going to settle him down. In fact, ๐ข๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ.

๐Ÿคฌ ๐ˆ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐โ€™๐“ ๐‹๐ˆ๐Š๐„ ๐๐„๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐Ž๐‹๐ƒ ๐–๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐Ž ๐ƒ๐Ž! ๐Ÿคฌ

๐Ÿคฌ โ€œRIGHT ON, DONALD! MY IMMUNE SYSTEM DOESNโ€™T NEED ANY VACCINE!โ€ ๐Ÿคฌ

Well, actually…โฌ‡๏ธ

Letโ€™s take the example of a car. A car has a body and a set of car parts inside the body that makes it function. Indeed, the car has a greater chance of lasting longer the more maintenance thatโ€™s done on it like oil changes, rotating tires, and replacing brake pads. ๐Ÿš—

But just because the car is in great shape doesnโ€™t mean the car is completely immune from the environment. It may have a better chance of survival hitting a small animal, but thereโ€™s no guarantee the carโ€™s going to survive hitting a tree head-on! ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Now, take this analogy and think of us. We each have a body and a set of parts inside our body that makes it function. Indeed, we have a greater chance of living longer the more maintenance we do on our bodies like eating healthy, exercising, and getting enough sleep. ๐Ÿ˜ด

But just because our body is in great shape doesnโ€™t mean our body is completely immune from the environment (or our genetics). It may have a better chance of survival with the common cold, but thereโ€™s no guarantee our body is going to survive being exposed to smallpox. ๐Ÿค’

In other words: ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐š ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐š๐œ๐ž๐š, as much as I’d not like to tell you this. ๐Ÿ˜”

There are MANY infectious diseases in the world which our immune systems are not sufficient to save our lives from, no matter how healthy we eat, how much we exercise, and how much positive thinking we do. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Don’t get me wrong, it can definitely help, but to assume our immune system works as a cure-all mechanism for everything lacks a bigger perspective. ๐ŸŒŽ

๐Ÿ’‰ For those of us who have had the privilege to never experience smallpox, an infectious disease where you would have lesions of blisters and puss all over your body…we can thank vaccines for that.

๐Ÿ’‰ For those of us who have had the privilege to never experience polio, an infectious disease which could render you paralyzed (Franklin Roosevelt being one of them)…we can thank vaccines for that.

๐Ÿ’‰ For those of us who have had the privilege to never experience diphtheria, where gray matter covered up the back of your throat and your lymph nodes swelled up making it hard to breathe…we can thank vaccines for that.

And what do all these infectious diseases have in common? โฌ‡๏ธ

They are very contagious. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

They can spread through airborne particles and droplets. ๐Ÿ’ฆ

And they have been practically eliminated in the US thanks to mass vaccination efforts. ๐ŸŽ‰

The fact is, infectious diseases are NOT new to human history; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹

And the less we remember about our past, the more likely we are to repeat it. โŒ›

So if youโ€™ve never heard of these diseases, Iโ€™m not surprised.

๐Ÿšจ ๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐œ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ. ๐ˆ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ, ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ โ€œ๐๐ž๐›๐š๐ญ๐žโ€ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ.

๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ง๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž. ๐Ÿšจ

Again, Iโ€™m NOT saying there arenโ€™t legitimate reasons for why people are hesitant to vaccinate. As I noted earlier, thereโ€™s been a multitude of problems which have exacerbated this issue, not the least of which has included authority figures. ๐Ÿ‘

But on the flip side (and Iโ€™m going to be frank):

โš ๏ธ ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ.

โš ๏ธ ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐.

โš ๏ธ ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž.

๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง’๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

๐ŸŒŸ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™—๐™š๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ค๐™จ. ๐ŸŒŸ

And for any of my friends reading this post whose inner rebel has come to the surface I can assure you…

Iโ€™m not here to tell you what to do. Iโ€™m not here to point a finger at you and say: “Shame!” All I’m sharing here is just a second opinion you are welcome to take and leave as much as you please. ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ˜ก “DONALD! WHAT’S YOUR POINT WITH ALL THIS?!” ๐Ÿ˜ก

The whole point with me writing all this was to say: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐š ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐. ๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐™„๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™Š๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง; ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง. ๐Ÿ™Œ

To provide one of my favorite phrases: Donโ€™t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

๐Ÿ‘ฎ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž.

๐Ÿ‘ค ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ, ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ๐ž๐ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐.

So, it is with this nuanced perspective in mind that I did my own research, looked at the scientific studies with my own eyes, and came to the conclusions that I did around the COVID-19 vaccines. ๐Ÿ‘€

Because let me tell you: ๐˜ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

And best part is, I didn’t come to this conclusion because I blindly listened to some authority figures. ๐Ÿ‘ค

I won’t! โŒ

Why? Because we all need healthy skepticism in our lives. Because we all need to be open to multiple perspectives. ๐Ÿ˜

Because, just like you…

๐Ÿคฌ ๐ˆ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐โ€™๐“ ๐‹๐ˆ๐Š๐„ ๐๐„๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐Ž๐‹๐ƒ ๐–๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐Ž ๐ƒ๐Ž! ๐Ÿคฌ

So I made the choice on my own! โค๏ธ

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โ€œ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ž๐œ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ.โ€

~ Martin Luther King Jr. ๐Ÿ’ฌ

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