Murphy’s Law

I feel optimistic and worried all at the same time.

As the country slowly opens, reducing the restrictions and social distancing, it feels good.

It feels like we are making progress, even though we know we must still adhere to restrictions and the medical experts and scientists still have a lot of work to do.

It is good to have the feeling things are getting better even if that feeling is purely emotional and not based in any real science.

One area that gives us the good vibes is sports.

Professional, college and now high school athletics are trying to navigate a path to playing actual games.

Even if those games are played with no fans or few fans sitting far apart, it is something.

There is still a lot to be worked out before we can look at a schedule and know for sure there will be baseball, volleyball games and football games played, but there is hope, and without hope there is nothing.

There are, however, worries.

Will we actually get to games or will the virus spike, sending us back down the hill?

What if we do get to practices and games and then more people test positive for COVID-19 or even die?

That could definitely send us back to closures, and who knows how people will respond to that.

We have all seen the vidoes of people screaming, cussing and fighting store employees because they were not allowed in stores without masks.

It will only get uglier if we have to go backwards. That is my worry.

We are a self-entitled society that hates to be told what to do even if it means taking precautions that could save the lives of our own family members.

Some think they have the right to live their lives anyway they want, forgetting - or not caring -  how it impacts the lives of others.

Everyone knows we have to get back to the point where stores are open and people are working, but that is not as simple as it sounds.

Everyone is in unchartered territory, including the health experts, and that is what makes this whole situation emotional.

We want to be able to go out and do whatever we want when we want to, but patience is required.

I am hoping sports moves forward without any hitches, and by the end of June we might have some clarity on that front.

Then again, we might go a month without any problems, and then the number of Covid-19 cases will spike.

Optimism and worry. We’re in it for the long haul.

Patrick Murphy, editor-publisher of the Humphrey Democrat and Newman Grove Reporter in Nebraska, is a former assistant managing editor at The Telegram.