TRANSIENTS#21 – A hUmAn21 SLOG Series
Reflections from travelling new, now.
Road to 2022
@IncheonSeoul International Airport Terminal 2, June 2021
Not Empty; Emptiness,… enough to feel it empty.
Quietness, a great feeling; especially when travelling long distance, long hours, over several time zones. Some quiet is good, feels good to me, when at airports, that are normally bustling, like Incheon Seoul Terminal 2, at Korea.
Not this quiet. Emptiness is present. Empty seats, empty benches, empty shops, for they are closed, and empty shops, the open ones, waiting for noise that does not really arrive. With plenty of masks, in your face. No talks, no noise, people have gone too quiet,…. for the spread prevention,… for the spread. People don’t talk,… that much. Children play in silence, for they are the best disciplined when it comes to keeping a face mask for… forever,… it feels.
Covid tests, and covid testing boozes, the new kid in town at airport terminals, where the virus feels more present. For some, test might be positive. Being negative, this time, means good,…. we want to stay negative,…. COVID-19 world,… stay negative!,…. while keeping as positive in mind as possible.
Full parking lots, long queues of unemployed planes, brand new some, brand fit most, all fit perhaps, just unemployed, waiting for noise to return,… looking clean from the outside.
Semi full, semi empty planes, full of face masks in people, googles and protective suits on crew members, more packaged food, more than before, and for some less food, less than before, less offer, less fun. For same journey length, same turbulence, same inflight entertainment plasmas, similar air, only this time fresher,… so they say, more protecting, so they tell us.
Travelling new, feeling light, feeling quiet, and not relaxed. I want this to end, soonest possible.
It is hard to relax when you know how things could be otherwise, and that with the “busyness”, and noise, and some queues, and full planes, and full restaurants, and,… and smiley people, showing off their mood to others, spontaneously,…. we felt better, travelling like before, felt better; when the world was all negative at once, virus negative,… all at once. That was the norm…. all negative, all at once, it was possible, positive.
Travelling new is not fun. I want the world to return to positivism, smiles, noise,…. the world must be social among humans.
The world is always temporary, and this world, as always, never stands still.
This is our hope,… a transient world, from one time, era, phase, interval, century, season,… to another.
Travelling new again, the new new to come quick: that is the new that we would have got nevertheless, before covid 19, with a change for better, cause we have learn lots.
Because the world is always about to turn to the next norm, only that the next norm that came to us in 2020 was unexpected by the majority,…. not by all though, perhaps,…
So, we must achieve; the new norm will be what we were making it to be prior to covid, plus positively different, because of our covid 19 society experience and learning. The difference that we will introduce in our world moving forward would be about a more positive and social world, more understanding among humans, more prone to avoid the mistakes that we did, some did, all did,…. the mistakes that brought us the norm we live today.
With this experience, we could create a several times better norm now for 2022,… so we prove to ourselves that the price each one of us, every single one of us has paid was worth it.
We make the transient. The 2022 world to come. Let’s pay attention. We make it just now. We act now.
Digital Art by Luis Benito: “Strings Of Hope 2022”