I like to house watch. Here, in the area that I live in the most expensive areas, the wealthiest areas are populated by absolutely breathtaking homes. And in these areas, the inhabitants display their wealth, their life for the world in the evenings. They turn on most lights in their living areas and draw back their curtains, inviting the glances of outsiders.
All homes look beautiful at night from the outside. When driving past them, you can see glimpses of their character. The way lights hit a metallic clock on the mantel or the way the contrast of the night makes their interiors look so warm.
But, I’ve learned that some of the beauty of houses whose insides can be seen at night is an illusion. You see what the light shows from the outside. What you can’t see are the things that the light doesn’t hit– an unorganized pantry, a filthy floor, or worn wallpaper.
You see the gloss. And from the outside you admire this gloss and wonder, or I wonder, how my house looks like from the outside. But then you remember that more important than how your house is perceived on the outside is how it’s lived on the inside. Yes. That’s what matter most.
I want a beautiful house on the inside. I want solid walls and clean lines and everything in clear view.
Do you ever house-watch while driving through neighbors? Not in a stalkerish kind of a way, but just in passing. Do you look and admire?