You might think I want to talk about "cancel culture." This podcast (which I highly recommend) does a way better job than I could.
What I want to talk about is thinking about cancelling plans to do fun things when we're still living in the ups and downs of pandemic times. I have been planning a future vacation, and the helpful Facebook group I have been lurking in has been filled with "Should we cancel?" or "Is it even worth the trip?" type comments lately. Sigh.
I say NO WAY. Why would you even try to predict the state of the world in 6, 9 or 12 months? You COULD decide that things will NEVER get better, but that's no way to live, is it? I LIVE FOR VACATION, and I refuse to not plan something in the future to a dream location or to see my family (even better when the family goes with me to a dream location, obvs).
I'm not a moron though, so I make plans with the following caveat:
PAY THE EXTRA FOR FULLY REFUNDABLE RESERVATIONS/TICKETS/ETC.
This isn't actually a pandemic thing, this I learned pretty quickly (and expensively) earlier in life from the military and my kids. I love both, but they do have a habit of changing schedules on me.
Also I am a rule follower, so obviously I am vaccinated (duh), wear my mask on all forms of transportation, and any other place where it's required. But I am not cancelling fun unless I absolutely have to. Nope.