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Civil Disobedience: I'm Going Outside Whether You Like It or Not

Updated on April 21, 2020
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Social issues can only be remedied by a collective acceptance of those opinions we view as opposing our own.


I keep seeing posts all over the place about how people are "idiots" for going outside for no reason other than to be outside during social distancing. Most of these people posting this hate-driven stuff have some made up story they heard from someone else, like getting gang stalked around the store by someone coughing, threatening to beat this person up and they still won't go away, and then nearly calling the police for it. The coughing I can believe, but the rest not so much at all. As someone who needs to go outside for mental and physical health reasons I'd like to explore that topic.

The Reasons I Need to Get Outside

Avoiding agoraphobia: I once suffered a drug induced psychosis that saw me locked in the house, waiting to die, for months. If I do not actively force myself to go on walks, interact with others, and stay out for prolonged periods of time then I will see myself falling back into damaging habits. I'm not going to remain unhealthy because you think you know how to run my life best.

Vitamin D intake deficiency: The sun is the best source of vitamin-D for the human body. Due to a deficiency in my body I cannot resort to supplements as my sole source of vitamin-D, and quickly become ill when I do not get out in the sun frequently. When it gets cloudy and there is no sun, you'll often see me quite down in the dumps.

Physical Fitness: Due to the limitations within my household my son and I cannot get proper physical fitness without going out for extended periods of time. A healthy body is a key component to a healthy mind, and I'm not going to deny my son nor myself the opportunity to live a healthy life. If I stay inside and don't go get a long walk or run in, my spine quickly takes out the use of my legs by pinching nerves.

Asthma: No, I won't be wearing a mask, ever, because I have to be able to breathe freely. If I restrict my airflow I will quickly develop an asthmatic response, inducing an asthma attack, and for the purpose of maintaining my cardiovascular health I avoid using my emergency inhaler unnecessarily.

You're mean for no reason: With all the disparaging going toward those of us who go outside, I really don't mind if you get sick. Due to the lifestyle I'm forced to live I have no choice but to cope while social distancing outside, but when everyone is disparaging me for it then I hope I get them all sick. I'm likely to die if I get sick due to my preexisting health issues, so if you want me to feel bad for that then I want you to get sick too. Sorry, not sorry.

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Get Over It

If the government really gave a care about you, about the health of their nation, then they'd make self-quarantining mandatory via declaring martial law. If you really gave a care about those around you, you'd take the time to understand why certain people have no choice but to go outside. By all appearances, most people don't really care at all and just want to waste time by hurting others or spreading disinformation.

Get over the fact that people have no choice but to be outside at certain points during social distancing and quarantines, and that most of us try very hard to do the best we can in remaining uninfected while doing so. In fact, most of us who are out are already some of the cleanest people you'll ever meet. Being called an "idiot" for having no choice but to go outside, for the sake of my health, really hurts because you could just as easily get over yourself.

Stop being ignorant, make sure you know why that "idiot" has no choice but to be out and about. Don't judge others for the way they cope when the chances are highest that their choices will never affect you.

I'm protesting the way people treat one another for their personal choices concerning coping with these unprecedented times!


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    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      Thank you, Prateek, I'm happy to hear that this contained some valuable info to people other than myself. These are rough times and so many people are judging unfairly.

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      Prateek Jain 

      13 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Wonderful article, you explained it very well and I really like the tone of your article. Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      Thanks for reading, Miss Dora.

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Your concluding sentence carries your message powerfully. I hear you!

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      You are bold to make assumptions, Venkatachari, even assumptions that have already been explained away as incorrect. You're wrong, but I value your comment for what it is.

      Thank you for reading, supposedly.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A very interesting and emotional take on the present situation. It's true that there are some hardships during this lockdown period. But, still, we are not so badly positioned. You can go daily once to purchase your vegetables or milk and that is enough for walking or taking the fresh air. I don't think even that much is deprived of you.

      Anyhow, keep going out for shorter distances/times and be safe and protected. Stay blessed.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      @Linda: The #StayAtHome movement is creating a lot of hatred and discrimination against those of us who do not have the choice to stay home and make the choice to get out despite the call for everyone to stay home. People don't realize these hashtag movements always seem to create more conflict than they do constructive conversation with positive outcomes.

      Keep getting out there whenever possible! Stay safe!

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      @Mitara: If only it were just a feeling of claustrophobia, that would be easy to overcome. Glad to hear you guys are taking every advantage of this time!

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      @Paula: We are doing surprisingly well, all things considered. Good to hear that staying home is more beneficial for you than it is harmful! SO many of us do not have the choice to enjoy staying inside, sitting at home, and remaining distanced.

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      Linda Courtney 

      13 months ago from Bloomsburg, PA

      I go outside when the weather is warmer for walks all the time. It is recommended for people to do so. I can't imagine why you would get berated for doing so. As long as we keep our social distancing, what's the problem? Everyone needs fresh air and sunshine at times. Keep going outside, just stay safe doing so.

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      Mitara N 

      13 months ago from South Africa

      I am actually appreciating the value of being home during this period. There is always something to do, plus the family spending that extra valuable time together. These days have been very cloudy and rainy, so it's not a real feel to be outside. When the weather is good, we play some basketball within our parameter.

      I am sure for those used to being active with morning runs, doing outdoor activities, etc, may feel a bit claustrophobic.

      Value your article, Take care and be safe.

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      13 months ago from Carson City

      Kyler.....I've never had any difficulties being at home alone. This actually hasn't been hard to deal with at all. I keep so occupied, have my email, texting & phone to chat with someone if I choose. As for fresh air......that's quite easy as well. I have no close neighbors & a huge yard, deck & bench on the hill above a running stream. I can spend a lot of time outside and I would, if it would warm up just a bit more. Currently, I just get out there for about 15 minutes & breathe in the crisp air.

      There is so much that needs to be done around here, being forced to stay home has been very beneficial to my house!! LOL...…

      Hope you three are hanging in there. We still really have no idea how much longer this will last!...Peace, Paula

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      @Ruby: Very wonderful that you go out to tend to your garden! I'm actually breaking out in hives right now because I picked up and played with a stray cat on our walk today. I don't know why I do that, I know I'm allergic, but I can't resist animals I love them too much!

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      @Pamela: That is good, always important to stay safe and I'm glad supplements work for you. We just got back from the park, it was a lovely walk with many people and kids out.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree completely. I worked outside all morning and worked up a sweat which felt good after being inside all winter. I will not attend church because of the amount of people there. Judging others is wrong. The old cliché comes in here. " Walk a mile in my shoes. " Stay safe. Stay healthy and be a happy camper.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I go outside in my yard some and at safe distances from others. We still go to the grocery and drug store, etc.

      I do not spend too much time in the sun as I have lupus and it can cause a flareup. I take vitamin D pills that give me the right amount to stay healthy.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      I actually had a small, young, Asian woman fall into the bushes as my son ran up to her waving and yelling "Hi!" and she ran trying to avoid him. I couldn't help but laugh as I asked if she was okay and offered a hand up, but perhaps she has a good reason to be so extreme, and as I did not seek to ask I cannot judge what seems to be a silly action.

      We must be careful with our judgments!

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      13 months ago

      I am "old" but I still go out. I see people doing the stupidest things - nearly getting run over trying to avoid others. Some people take it to extremes!

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      A very good governor they must be, indeed. As for everyone I'm ashamed to know, getting comments on our posts and seeing posts about how we are "pieces of s^&%" and "idiots" for going out during this mess. People are very brave behind screens.

      The least I can do is spread awareness, however, not that many read anyways! Stay healthy, whatever it takes!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      13 months ago from Central Florida

      Our state just went under mandatory stay-at-home order. However, essential activities are permitted. On the list of essential activities are: "participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming; and taking care of pets; and caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend".

      At least our governor understands that you can't live in The Sunshine State without getting out there and enjoying it!


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