Today, whilst on the train home from work, I watched a boy walk backwards and forwards.
He first walked backwards and forwards on the platform. I could see him through the window. I wondered if he was counting to a certain number of times until he stopped. I looked for a pattern.
He then stepped onto the train (which had been waiting at the platform for 10 minutes to leave), and started walking backwards and forwards, up and down the aisle. And then between two of the doors.
He did this for the entire journey.
Someone asked him if he was ok, to which he replied “Yes, I’m fine” and carried on.
When the train pulled into his station (the station before mine), he rested his head against the train doors.
Every other passenger had looked at him like he was crazy for the duration.
I saw it as a performance.