Many people start their day with the sound of the alarm
clock buzzing in their ears. From that moment, our entire day is filled with
noise – running water, the kettle singing, the phone ringing, email alerts,
cars honking, doors slamming, music, trains on rails, voices of all pitches and
intensities and so much more.
If you just sit still for a minute and breathe, you may even
hear your own heart beat. Had it not been for all those noises that constantly
If you’re a person who easily gets lost in your thoughts,
who drifts off in daydream or allows their mind to wander, every once in a
while – perhaps more often than most people – you need the silence. You want to be able to enter public
transportation without the hubbub, the clamour, the commotion. You don’t
understand why people feel the constant urge to talk all the time. Some simply
talk for the sake of talking. They are not really saying anything of substance;
sometimes even nothing that makes sense. Perhaps sitting on the bus and talking
on the phone to someone during the entire duration of your trip makes you feel
important, that you’re not ‘wasting time’, or it is a way of keeping others
astray. Because, yes, there are those types of people too, who want to talk so
much that they will approach you and try to start a conversation out of
nowhere, without your consent. Even if you kindly try to avoid it, it will turn
into a monologue on their part, which you are obliged to listen. Unless you
want to get off on the next stop and risk facing a worse situation on the next
public transport you board.
People don’t appreciate the silence enough. It is as though
they are avoiding their own thoughts. As if they are afraid of staying alone
with themselves for a while. Of emptying their minds. Of discovering what their
own perceptions on life are. Of even
listening to the sound of their own heartbeat.
It is a shame. Because if we learned to be more mindful of
our own well-being, of the rhythm of our breaths, of the ticking of our hearts,
we wouldn’t be so agitated and stressed all the time, complaining about the
world and everything in it.