Have you ever ridden the Alice in Wonderland ride at Disneyland where at the very end they celebrate the "un-birthday"? Do you remember?
Of course not.
That would have been back in the day...you know, when Disneyland was still open seemingly 100 years ago and when our world was still normal. (If you missed that ride well...too bad, I guess. Who knows when Disneyland will ever open again for you to see what I'm talking about.)
But, for some reason, the "un-birthday" of Alice and Wonderland reminded me of today.
Like many Americans (who are trying to be good and stay at home), I'm by myself in my house doing the whole "social distancing" bit and bored out of my gourd. And while I usually don't do much for Independence Day anyway -- aside from a small BBQ with friends and watching the fireworks -- somehow this year really sucks without even those two meager little things I used to do.
You know...back in the day when our country was normal?!
So, even though today is supposed to be America's birthday, it will forever go down in my memory as America's "un-birthday." We get to celebrate in our fantasies while being ostracized by mayors and governors for even thinking about going outside.
I was reading some article online when somebody said something about how this weekend we'd have to "choose between having a strawberry daiquiri today or having our kids go to school in the fall." What?! How does that make any sense?
I'm so sick of the fear-mongering, media manipulation, and bullsh** I see in the news, online, and everywhere else. I can't figure out what got old fastest. The fear. Or Covid-19. Probably the fear. Definitely the fear. As it's used for one thing only: mass population control.
Last weekend I went out of town. Yes, [gasp] I went to LAX, and yes, [gasp] I flew in an airplane. Never have I seen an airport or airplane more scrubbed down in my entire life. Nor have I ever seen both so deserted. In fact, there was nobody around at LAX, traditionally one of the busiest airports in the entire world. Yet it had an eerie apocalyptic feel to it. As we walked into the airport, I explained to my daughter (gesturing to the lack of people anywhere in sight), "This is what fear does to people."
So, we got through TSA in 3 minutes, boarded a sparkling clean plane with few people on it, and had an amazing short trip to...[gasp] Arizona, the Covid-19 hot spot of the country.
Why I was there, I can't tell you because it's Top Secret. But, it's a trip I had to take and...[gasp] I'm still alive, Covid-19 free!!
In fact, I felt safer in the airport and on the plane than I do on any given day going to the grocery store...or, in today's case, dealing with the guy at my house right now putting in a new security system who was freaking sneezing all over the place without a mask on. Yes, that's a true story.
What's my point in all this?
1) The "new normal" sucks. Happy un-birthday, America!
2) Being fearful of every damn thing will disallow you to really live your life at ANY level.
3) Big change is coming. If you think turning the economy switch off and on and off again doesn't have short-term and long-term consequences, think again. Big time pain is a-comin'.
What can you do to prepare?
Instead of squandering your summer in "watch-and-wait" mode, you need to begin to strategize on what to do next.
I have a couple of thoughts for you in a video I shot yesterday in my office. CLICK HERE to check it out now.
Enjoy your daiquiri...or beer...or whatever. Either school will happen...or not this fall. And I doubt it'll have anything to do with you having a drink today.
See you at the top!
P.S. Speaking of birthdays, have you joined my Birthday Club yet? CLICK HERE if you haven't joined yet.