As the door creaks ever so slightly open to normality and the world, the one thing the Prime Minister didn’t drop yesterday was fear.
That is now up to us. The pain suffered by far too many in this country is being driven by our fear.
It's not that you can't go out for dinner, it's that you have needed Ashley Bloomfield to tell you it's okay. The limits and numbers haven't actually been the issue, the issue has been us.
So hopefully in seeing mandates gone, passes gone, and crowd sizes in some areas increase, that is enough of a steer for the fearful to shake themselves off and get back out there into life.
The next problem, of course, is the recession that’s coming and the mood we are in stopping us from fully participating.
What we heard yesterday though was a government catching up with the bulk of its people. We weren't scanning in, we haven't been for months, and we have all seen what Omicron really is.
We have all seen the mandates for what they are. The only things that have tangibly held most of us back have been the bits we can't control, like the football we couldn’t go to or the event that was cancelled.
I feel bad for a sport like netball. Anything indoors is still an issue. What about the indoor events and stadia? How long do they have to hold out for? How much money can netball or basketball make in front of a couple of hundred?
We have half a million cases in total, less than 10 percent of us have got this thing that has so crippled the country, the economy and our outlooks.
The hospital system is busy, but not collapsing. We did our job and got jabbed. We have done all we can do and all we want is our lives back.
Those of us who can think for ourselves aren't idiots and never were. We didn’t need molly-coddling, didn’t need telling off, didn't need reprimanding, didn’t need an endless series of attention seeking, power affirming control freaks dictating our lives, thinking, and decision making.