In order to experience the play more fully, I chose to forego attending in a group. I entered the lobby of the theater from such an entrance that the lobby I found myself in was nearly empty. Because of this, I had an opportunity to take great pictures of things that made the entrance such a unique space. Above, my favorite aspect of the room is shown. Colorful shapes are suspended by thin strands and framed by big, dark windows. Strategically placed lighting allows them to be delicately illuminated. These architectural decisions define the spacial experience of the room as peaceful and undeniably private. Soft color choices and lighting make it seem far removed from the bustling bus transfer station nearby. As I was ushered into the auditorium, I was surprised by the size. I sat very near the stage and was thus unaffected by the size of the subsequent crowd. Sitting in a dimly lit room so near the stage, the sense of having a private, individual experience was furthered and I found myself very focused on the performers. The idea of personally unique experience is crucial to my interpretation of the Good Life because I feel there is no one definition– it certainly varies by person and perspective. Space provides the environment by which to understand and interpret the world around me, which is crucial to leading my version of the Good Life.
Since I decided to attend the performance alone, I was naturally seated near a group of strangers. I quickly befriended them as we waited for the play to begin and we talked about what we expected to experience during the performance. Before I attended the performance, i completed all my schoolwork for the night and ate a good meal. Because of this, I was not distracted or stressed and was able to devote my attention to the conversations I was having. Talking to people I had never met before significantly contributed to my experience by presenting new perspectives and ideas to me. I think this is crucial to developing the skills to lead a Good Life. The ability to process and contextualize the opinions and thoughts of others, even strangers, is something that undoubtably enriches life and encourages learning.