Who the mask is for

Updated 5/21/2020 9:01 AM

I wear a mask in public, not for me, but for you. I want you to know that I am educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus. No, I don't "live in fear" of the virus, I just want to be a part of the solution, not the problem.

I don't feel like the "government is controlling me," I feel like I'm being a contributing adult to society and I want to teach others the same.


The world doesn't revolve around me. It's not all about me and my comfort.

If we all could live with other people's consideration in mind, this whole world would be a much better place. Wearing a mask doesn't make me weak, scared, stupid or even "controlled," it makes me considerate.

When you think about how you look, or how uncomfortable it is or what others think of you, just imagine someone close to you. A father, a mother, grandparent, aunt or uncle, cousin or friend choking on a respirator. Then ask yourself if you could have sucked it up a little for them.

John Cieslak

Wood Dale

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