With Melbourne in its strictest stage of restrictions yet, and the collective mood at its lowest, I’ve found a way to lift the spirits of those in my neighbourhood of Hawthorn.
I’ve been placing typewritten messages of hope around my area – creating a treasure hunt by posting a map of where I walked (using the popular running app, Strava) along with visual clues to my Instagram page.
The idea came to me after I noticed an increase in people finding my quotes, commenting on the joy and novelty they bring to their routine walks.
I had been walking the same route myself, so I figured a treasure hunt would be a way to lead both myself and others to discover new areas within the current 5km boundaries. The bonus has been the creation of a small online community who look forward to my treasure hunts and have even made new connections amongst themselves.
Like the uplifting chalk messages, spoonsville and teddy bears in windows that have popped up during this pandemic, this has been another way to bring much-needed smiles to weary faces and remind everyone that we’re still a community and still connected – even when we’re required to physically stay apart.
I’ve put together a collection of my poems in a small book titled Just My Type. If you’d like me to post you a copy, please leave a comment below or contact me on social media. I just ask for a small donation to cover costs, which can be made via buymeacoffee.com/boyutb