Do you hate the glaring and annoying sound of an alarm clock? How about the high pitch scream of a smoke detector? What about being awakened way too early by the very loud and deep bass sound of hip-hop music? If you read my post yesterday, “Improve Your Mornings,” then you already know I don’t “do” mornings. If you’re like me, that is a sure fire way to instantly make me extremely crabby in the morning!
Just across from where I live is a large (normally empty) parking lot behind our local mall. The only time you’ll see cars parked there is during the hectic holiday shopping season. Otherwise, for the most part, it is empty and very quiet. No such luck today! A 3-on-3 basketball tournament began early this morning. I expected to hear some noise, but I had no idea it would involve a traveling DJ service with incredibly loud music. I had my AC window unit on full blast (it was 102F today) and the TV turned up loud as I watched the olympics. The bass still rattled my home and eventually my brain. I couldn’t make enough noise in my home to drown out the boom of the bass.
I enjoy my peace and quiet.
This has been my personal preference for most of my life; but I have found that the older I get, the more I like it. I would much rather watch my television than listen to it. I enjoy traveling in the car without the noise of the stereo. I abhor the sound of car engines racing, tires screeching, and horns blasting. Sirens, people screaming, dogs barking incessantly…I don’t enjoy any of this noise pollution!
Am I just getting old?
I did celebrate a birthday in June. I am now teetering on the step of the big 5-0! So, I know I don’t need hearing aids. My hearing is very good, maybe a tad too good. So, what is the opposite of hearings aids. Oh yes I remember, ear plugs. I have needed to use these on occasion. Despite my longing for silence, I do believe there is such a thing as eerie silence. I don’t know about you, but when I wear earplugs I’m fairly certain I can hear my brain. I think I’m digressing. The sounds from today have me thinking.
Sounds I enjoy in my native state that I consider silence.
- The ocean waves crashing on the rocks along the Oregon coast.
- Our native owls hooting to one another across an open field.
- A breeze rustling through the leaves of an Oregon Maple tree.
- The sound of white water from the Willamette River.
- Cascade Mountain range during winter when the snow is falling on the fir trees.
In no way is this a comprehensive list. These are the top 5 that first came to mind. As you can see from my list, the sounds of silence I enjoy are all in nature. These are the types of sounds where I can still read a book, converse on the telephone, and write my next blog post. In other words, I can still concentrate. To many these sounds would be considered as “white noise.” I agree! They are sounds that make me feel relaxed, at peace, and a place where I feel completely grounded.
What quiet sounds do you enjoy? Any sounds that are unique to your neck of the woods? Please leave a comment. I would love to hear about your silent sounds.