Why must there be piped-in music everywhere I go? And why must people constantly wear headphones? Can we not trust ourselves to be alone with our thoughts for even a few minutes? Can you tell I’m a little cranky about this?
It’s pervasive, if you start to take notice. It seems every store I enter inflicts a bad Beatles cover on me, not to mention elevators and “on hold” music. The outdoor mall nearby even pipes music outside. I assume someone in marketing decided that music moves products, but I find it irritating. My mind is too easily led down a familiar path, ♫Yellow submarine, yellow submarine♫– and suddenly I have lost my train of thought. I’ve heard of people who leave their television on all the time “for background noise.” That would drive me up the wall.
Am I just especially sensitive? Perhaps. I’d rather chew tinfoil that visit Chuck E. Cheese, or for that matter, anywhere with a lot of background noise. The cacophony makes it impossible for me to pick out and understand the voices of the people I care about. In a loud environment, it takes every ounce of my concentration to carry on a conversation – it’s exhausting.
I get my best ideas and solve problems the best in silence, especially while taking a walk. I do enjoy listening to podcasts, but if I’ve got a sticky situation, I find it’s best to leave the headphones at home and let my mind wander where it will. Many times I will discover a solution that I love. The silence can be uncomfortable, too. Sometimes my mind wanders to painful things that have no solution. I think that must be healthy, though, to take time to work through emotional things and decide how I really feel.
I also never wear the headphones when I have a talker in the stroller. That’s a great time to focus on and have a wonderful conversation with a little one. All sorts of educational opportunities arise on a trip through the neighborhood.
I think I’ll go turn something off now.
Have a quiet day.