“Normality… how fun,” a Maltese man contemplated on Facebook on his first day back to work yesterday. The first thing he was faced with? Nearly an hour’s worth of traffic.
“Forty-five minutes to move 1,500 metres,” the man continued, sharing a photo of the complete gridlock he had found himself in as soon as he left his home.
“We had the perfect opportunity to learn something from COVID,” he said. “We could’ve learnt a lesson… not that I had much hope, but whatever.”
“As it is, it’s farewell environment, farewell people’s physical and mental health, and farewell everything.”
“I could never understand all this haste to return to the whole chaos we were in, but whether you like it or not, here we are,” the man continued, clearly frustrated with the all-too-familiar traffic jam.
“Just let it all happen and then we’ll see about it later,” he finished. “The same old attitude, as long as we’re back to ‘normality’.”
The post quickly drew a number of people agreeing with the man, all of whom had noticed similarities on their first days back to “normal”.
“Oh wow, OK, so I’m not alone,” one comment read. “As soon as I woke up and took my dog out for a walk this morning, I felt all the past anxieties return. That claustrophobic feeling, cars all around me, having to be super careful how to cross the road. Nothing else to do really, head-on to normality.”
“I had the same thoughts,” another person commented. “There were some accidents today, but I found myself in traffic in completely different parts of the island. I had no doubt that the country wouldn’t learn any valuable lesson from this. It’s sad, but it’s very true.”