Because I love people watching, and being somewhat of a social creature myself, I find the greatest observations happen when out and about at different times of the day.
Some of the hours don’t fall into my usual or comfortable, yet it has provided some interesting fodder for what types of people cruise around the streets and beaches and parks, and perhaps shed more light on how unique and different we all truly are.
Since sharing my life with a rambunctious pup, I have been exploring in and adventuring out in all the various avenues of life, albeit simply.
I might even be classified as a voyeur, although I don’t prefer to peek into other peoples’ lives; it’s more of a perspective on how humans choose their lives and what motivates them to walk around in the outdoors when they do.
This is totally prompted by my dog, so here is a breakdown of behavioral routines and idiosyncrasies of the soul of my neighborhood. Maybe it happens in your own part of the world, maybe not. Either way it is an understanding of the wanderings of not only what’s inside of me, but how others prefer to carve out their time outside.
6 a.m. to 8 a.m.—This category of humans is a rather hurried group.
Their caffeine rush hasn’t kicked in, so they are not ready to greet the world. They focus on walking their dogs, getting in much needed exercise (usually with headphones on, so as to not to have to talk to anyone) and their heads are typically looking down to hide the bags and sleep yet to be washed from their faces.
They cannot wait to get back inside and shower and have breakfast and get on with their work.
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.—A genre of perky people make up these creative hours.
I could be biased and speaking solely for myself, yet most humans are fully caffeinated and entrepreneurial, so they work from home. The dogs are amped up and breakfasted up and ready to play. Everyone greets everyone, conversations are flying, and stomachs are gearing up for lunch.
The day is full of possibilities and there is no end in sight for imaginative activities.
12 noon to 2 p.m.—Somewhat of a napping group, this time frame holds.
They are relaxed, happy, nourished, jonesing for some extra ways to earn some cash and digesting the earlier hours of the day.
It can also be a very creative two hours.
Conversations are flying under the sky, service work is taking place and some might be wary to become lifelong friends because they either don’t have the time, or can’t be bothered and would rather go take a nap.
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.—An energetic set of humans, I’ve noticed.
They are either watching the clock for when kids are ready to be picked up from school or when to fit in another walk for the dog before dinner. Or perhaps, they are asking themselves, “When am I ever going to find the time to clean the house?”
Some are prepping for the sky to blast off into a thousand colors at sunset, some are winding down after a long day and still some are thinking of ways to make the most of the final hours of daylight.
It’s a solid group.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.—The post dinner category of fairly tired humans are easygoing.
The brunt of their day is over and done with, bellies are full and digesting, a few words are spoken to each other on the street, yet this is more of a solitude couple of hours.
Some of the best stories are waiting to unfold.
10 p.m. to midnight—This is when the poets and canyon dwellers are out in magical numbers.
The nocturnal creatures are yipping and chirping and roaming. The stars are beckoning. The moon is pulling. The tides are ebbing and flowing. Cats are protecting their doorsteps, and some faint voices are gathering in community bliss inside open windowed homes.
Not many lights are still illuminated, and that’s what makes this an almost perfect time of evening for the wandering creative human.
With all of these soulful time frames, each one carrying the weight onto the next, I made sure I participated outside to document whether I was extremely sleepy or out of my routine or whatever.
I loved being part of the daily story of how different humans from all walks of life morphed from one moment to the next. It’s a never ending stream of consciousness and the beautiful nature of our beings.
Even if I stick to my preferred hours, which changes with every season, I am in bona fide appreciation for those who choose to spend their time outdoors at whatever hour.
Photo: Hartwig HKD/Flickr
Gerry Ellen is an author, freelance writer and all-around creative soul. She enjoys sharing her experiences of life, love and all things meaningful and healthy through words and images. She is a regular contributor to Meet Mindful, Be You Media Group and Rebelle Society, and has also been a featured columnist on elephant journal, Light Workers World, and The Good Men Project. Gerry Ellen considers her love of nature and the outdoors, heart-centered connections, friends and family and traveling to explore and expand as the epicenter of her world. Her other passion is service work through 8 Paws Wellness with her dog, Scout. She has written and published two books, Ripple Effects (March 2012) and A Big Piece of Driftwood (April 2014), which are available on amazon.com.