Why I Wear a Mask

August 4, 2020

Mask wearing has been a bit of a divisive topic lately. In similarly unfamiliar or sticky situations, writing has helped me wrap my head around where I fit into the equation why I’m doing what I’m doing.

So, I decided to do the same with this one.

As far as I can tell, my decision to wear a mask in public comes down to four things.

#1 Leaders Have Asked

Pretty simple. I’m a marketer (and an average one at that) not a scientist. I don’t know any epidemiologists personally, let alone spent time in meetings with them discussing the intricacies of how a virus spreads.

But there are folks whose job it is to make sense of all this. And they’ve asked us to wear masks in places like stores, in public, and other peoples’ houses.

#2 Avoid Risks

I’ll be the first to admit that the risk of little ol’ introvert / work-from-home Gregg spreading the virus to someone else is low, but it is a risk nonetheless. And while I do care about all humans, I really only spend time with family these days. Which means if those long odds don’t work out in my favor? It could be a big deal for those parents and grandparents who aren’t (sorta) young and (sorta) spry like me.

So, if it keeps people I care about from getting sick? And more smart folks are saying families are spreading to each other a lot? Wearing one seems to make good sense.

#3 My Livelihood

This virus doesn’t seem to be going away on its own. And whether it’s a big deal or not a big deal to an individual doesn’t seem to matter much if certain things aren’t allowed while it’s around. One of those things that governments have restricted is skiing. And, well, skiing keeps me employed. If we all wore masks, it appears it’d help this thing go away faster which would help resorts make money this winter which would mean I (or my friends and peers) wouldn’t get laid off.

So, yes, I do it for others. But I also do it for me.

#4 Pretty Simple

I wear lots of other stuff on my body, adding one more thing seems pretty simple. And it has been. We keep ’em in the car and grab one whenever we gather with family or head to the store. The kids have gotten used to them. We have too. So on top of all the reasons above, it seems like an easy way to do my part.

So, yeah, that’s why I wear a mask.

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Hi, I'm Gregg.

I'm a marketer, maker, and long walk taker.


By day I run marketing for resort CRM / ecommerce provider, Inntopia. After the kids go to bed my laptop is my workshop where I'm building an email marketing tracking platform called SendView.