Lockdown – Day One
It's quiet. An almost overwhelming lack of noise. Something I haven't experienced since the Northeast blackout back in 2003. It's a quiet that I'm finding both comforting and disconcerting.
I live near the centre of Auckland, near a fairly busy intersection. Normally, even just before 7:00 in the morning, there's more noise. Cars. Buses. People. Today? The occasional car. An empty bus. A few folks out for an early morning walk or run.
The daily rhythms that I'm used to are gone. Gone is the comfort that I found in those rhythms. Gone is the flow and energy I took from them.
This is the new normal. For how long is anyone's guess.
I wonder if this silence, this emptiness will become the heartbeat of the city. I wonder what will happen when everything goes back to some semblance of normal.