Went for a walk today – it’s getting easier with the slightly warmer temps. Even with rain we manage to get out. In our part of the country one just can’t wait for a sunny, dry day! Won’t happen. Our “dry” walk took us to the post office.
I love our ‘hood. I love the many different paths we can take to our destination and never weary of the sites. I do feel blessed.
Yet, today, I saw something I hadn’t quite noticed before.
Very little traffic….and….no….people.
Yes, our walk was mid-morning. We don’t live downtown – but….
It just felt odd. I was experiencing a comparison that took me by surprise
A friend mentioned shortly after our return from China, “Sandi, you do live in a city, but not a City such as China.” When she made that comment, I was struggling with fatigue and not sure what it was all about. We had been dropped into another part of the world and hit the ground running. All of our senses were put on high alert, without being consciously aware that was happening. Kinda like the frog-in-the-gradual-boiling-pot. You know. You don’t realize how much is pressing in on you until one day you find yourself in the heat of it!
In China – walking from our nest to anywhere – we literally were within elbow distance of any one much of the time.
Constant crowds were at each bus stop and street crossing. A rush to get on board would ensue when the particular numbered transport arrived. One right after the other. Buses were nonstop. Constant traffic. Constant motion. Constant everything.
But, today I found myself feeling the contrast – where are all the people?
We passed a few lone walkers along the way. Or runners – alone. Or drivers – alone.
We are definitely an isolated people. We are disengaged. Autonomous.
The crowds really bothered me at times in China. It was a lot to take in. But, there was the oasis of community within those crowds that was different. There, people are more often together than alone. I enjoyed walking arm-in-arm with our young translator, and often saw others doing the same. Yes, it was still a “new” experience, an adventure. But, today’s walk revealed something already simmering in my mind before China.
Where is everyone?