“The amazing thing is that chaotic systems don’t always stay chaotic,” Ben said, leaning on the gate. Sometimes, they spontaneously reorganize themselves into an orderly structure.” ―
All it takes is one to start a commotion or chaos on the street when this elderly man driving his scooter in a busy street. I can only imagine what other drivers were thinking or, better yet, what the elderly man was doing. He must be thinking that he is a pedestrian and has the right of way. This reminds me of a butterfly effect.
The snow has melted, and Oppenheimer Park is always ground zero in homelessness, mental health and addiction. I am always careful to walk on the other side of the street to be on the safe side. As I was taking the chaos after the snowstorm, taking a photo, I heard a voice screaming at me. I was startled. Do I have to run for safety? My heart was racing. But, it was a woman shouting at me, getting my attention. She wants to be in the picture! Needless to say, I calmed down. She was happy when I obliged her request. Joy is contagious.
In Chinatown, the wall of a building in one alley is covered with street art, if you can call this art. Time flies chasing dragon implies inhaling the vapour from heated morphine, heroin, oxycodone or opium that has been placed on a piece of foil. There is no need for a needle to inject the drug into a vein. Chaos is a norm in this area. The epicentre of a growing epidemic in Vancouver.
Granville Skytrain station is one busy hub. Mass of people was concerned looking at this man down and out in the middle of the stair. I could hear someone shouting call 911. Some good samaritan wants to get closer to the man. Stopped! I shouted. Stay clear from him. The paramedics are coming. The samaritan wants to help. What is she thinking, I thought. Listen, I have to explain to her about first aid. Rule No. 1, your safety. We do not know how this person will react should you touch him. If you are injured in the process, the paramedics have to deal with not just one person but with you as well. It is tough, I know what is the right action when it comes to helping.
Amidst this mass hysteria, I need to get away and stay in nature. One activity that calms me down is forest bathing. And into the forest, I go to lose my mind and find my soul.