Easing the lockdown will take away the silence and emptiness of our roads.
A new definition of emptiness
I look around me and see no cars, nor buses nor people and I wonder where have they all gone. Well I know the answer, we are all home hiding and by doing so helping to limit the spread of the virus. The very first days of the lockdown I felt extremely uncomfortable by this silence and emptiness, but now after several weeks of isolation, I started to like it, to appreciate being able to listen to my own thoughts, follow my thinking without being disturbed by the horn of a motorbike or the noise of the engines. It is amazingly beautiful to be able to walk in the middle of the roads, leaving the anxiety of road crossing on the sidewalk, because there is no need to look and check if there are any cars that could hit you, there are no cars. It is like having the opportunity to meditate while walking, just following the ideas that pop up in the mind and nothing else will disturb. I like to walk in the morning, smell the London’s blooming trees, take pictures of the empty roads, pictures that will remain as testimonies of this incredible experience, just like this diary. I never thought I would like this situation, however, the more the days go by, and the more I started to get absorbed within the greater space and started to enjoy it, each and every day more and more. I like to feel the extreme calm around me, the lack of noise makes appear everything fluctuant. I see very few people and they all have a slower speed, they seem even more respectful, as if the silence has developed the scent of elegance. A scent that we have never experienced before, surely not in central London. What has happen to rush, noise, speed, buzz in our ears? Gone. The government is developing a plan on how to exit the lockdown phase and it will communicate it during this week, which means these days will be the final ones full of this uniqueness emptiness, that anyhow is full of scent, thoughts, ideas, and future dreams of what will be. Surely, this is a new definition of emptiness.