I just read this article over on Inside pulse and thought I’d link it here because it does a really great job of touching on a couple of things that I think about a lot. One of them is the idea that everybody’s life has its own musical soundtrack whether we realize it or not, and the other is the concept of constantly walking around with headphones on and what it does to the way you interact with the outside world. I’ve never understood the need that some people seem to have to always be attached to something that blasts music into their heads while drowning out the rest of the world.
Don’t get me wrong, I love music. But I also love to observe the little things that go on around me. Things that every one of us seem to take for granted. Things like the sound of birds singing when the weather doesn’t suck. Things like the sounds of kids laughing and having fun. The sound of the wind, or cars wizzing past. Things like the sound of 2 idiots fighting in public and making fools of themselves. Things like a person saying something extremely stupid that I can then tell all my friends about and maybe even post here so that people I don’t even know can laugh about it too. But most of all, things like people. I love getting the chance to talk to people I’ve never met while I’m on a bus or a train or in a bar or even just walking down the street. As dumb as people can be sometimes, a lot of them can be pretty interesting, and there’s no way to experience that when you spend your life isolating yourself from the rest of the world because you’d rather get lost in your own universe by way of a headset. I know there’s a time and a place for that, but does it really need to be all the time? The whole concept of spending my every waking moment hooked up to an Ipod seems so selfish to me, and at the same time, it seems so damaging to the social skills. It takes away any reason to deal with anything or anyone else other than when it’s absolutely necessary. Where’s the fun in that, and how can anybody consider that living? You’re not experiencing anything beyond your own self-contained and self-absorbed existence. How can that be good on any level? Quite simply, it can’t.
And on a related note, memo to all of you headphone people: When I can tell what song you’re listening to and what verse you’re at before you’ve even gotten on the bus, the volume is too high.