There is one lady near my house (probably in her 60’s) who spends 1-2 hours a day, in the evenings, looking out of the window from her balcony. Actually, her first-floor balcony is closed from all sides and there is a large window at the center. She sits behind the window and notices everything that happens around the locality.
I wonder what motivates her to just sit down and look around?
We all know how much fun it is to waste time, especially when there is a lot of work to be done. And we do waste time doing some activity, unrelated to work. For example, we might browse some blogs, update/read facebook statuses, watch TV, listen to music, read the newspaper, walk in the park or just sleep! Some strange people (like me) even think/day-dream in order to while away time. All these involve some form of activity.
But sitting at one place and looking outside for one/two hours, at a stretch? Will I be able to do it? Well, I have done such things many years before (star-gazing) but that is generally accompanied with a beautiful story-line or a dream, in the background. I maybe physically watching the stars, but my mind will be roaming around in various settings/dream-lands. Ah, how much I miss those days 🙂
Is the woman in the balcony thinking inside or observing people outside? Is she doing both at the same time? It’s hard to guess because her face shows no expression/emotion.
I wonder what exciting thing is happening on the street or neighboring houses, for her to observe? Nothing much – People walking on the roads, automobiles, courier guys, gas cylinder deliveries, kids playing, someone shouting on their cell phone, etc. All these are routine happenings. Maybe she wants to observe everything that happens in the locality, spot something exciting and tell others about it? Seems unlikely, but…
Does that mean that she is thinking inside, while appearing to observe others? At her age, children are probably grown up and the house-hold responsibilities might have come down. Maybe her grandchildren are not near and hence she wants to recollect their memories by seeing other kids play? Or maybe she is just lost in thoughts and wants to keep herself in the wonderful company of evening breeze, while thinking?
One can never say for sure.
Do you do something like this? Sit at the balcony and just observe everything around?