I believe that there is something to be said about being quiet. I am rather boisterous in nature, for the most part; however, I truly enjoy silence in the company of others. It is enlightening to just be still and listen. I used to wear my headphones from class to class. I would listen to Interpol or Lana Del Rey. One day my headphones stopped working and I was really upset. I remember thinking, “Oh, real nice. Now what am I going to listen to!”
I laugh at that now because it may be the best thing that ever happened. I took for granted all the small things that happen around us when we are not paying attention. I am not sure if technology is making us become more introverted or if it is just an ‘always in a rush’ mentality, but somewhere along the way, I believe we forgot what it meant to be engaged without engaging.
I listened to birds chirping in the trees as the wind blew through the leaves. I listened to people laughing on the quad. I listened to those little things that make you realize that life has a soundtrack all its own. You just have to listen. After a while, I got into a terrible habit. When you keep your ears open to that soundtrack, you sometimes eaves drop. This happened to me. Most of the time it is just bits and pieces but once I was having coffee outside when a man and woman sat down a few feet away. What she began to speak about got under my skin and made me incredibly uncomfortable.
She began to talk about the night before. She had taken his virginity but she was adamant that it was ‘NOT her first rodeo’. They had been caught in the act and she mused that that was the third time she had been caught in the act but the first time by the father of the boyfriend.
I took my leave after she went on for a bit on a plan where she would try to get her friend to hook up with a woman because she was such a ‘prude’.
Some people are quite abhorrent but you take in the good with the bad. The singing birds with the very open men and women that inhabit this world around you.
There is something to be said about closing your lips and opening your ears, now and then.