My work environment is supposed to be quiet, but it’s not. There are too many people who like hearing themselves talk. And then people from other sections come over to visit those people who like to talk. The phone rings constantly, I can’t go five minutes without someone knocking on my door, etc., etc., blah blah blah. AND I work in a courthouse. So it’s darn busy.
Then much of my free time is spent taxiing my daughter to games for cheerleading (yeah, that’s loud) or to volleyball games (yeah, that’s even louder). Or shuttling her and her friends here and there. (That’s loud x 5.)
So every now and then, I tend to shut down. I just get quiet. I go outside, play in the dirt (gardening is the one time my family will leave me alone because, after all, if they want to bother me they can help pull weeds), get close to the earth, and take in the quiet. Embrace it.
And I listen. Not to the noise, but to everything else.
And I’ve learned to take it for what it is. I used to think it was the blues. Or that I was crazy. Then I realized this is what keeps me from going crazy.
So what about you? Do you ever just tune out? Do you ever wish you could?