I always use to want back ground noise – whether it be music, television, radio – I always had something on in the background. But recently I’ve found my brain prefers silence. It doesn’t have to compete with background noise and it can function better.
We all learn to adapt to new situations. My friend has tinnitus so a world of silence would be her idea of hell as this exacerbates her problem. What’s important to understand is that it’s not a negative for any of us to have to adapt to new ways.
For me, to no longer be able to do 10 things at once mustn’t be seen as a weakness, it’s simply an adaptation which has to be accepted in order to function better. What does it matter that I can’t listen and write at the same time. What does it matter that I can’t answer the phone and continue to do something else. What does it matter if I can’t talk and follow a programme on the telly. None of these things matter any more. I now love to sit in silence and write. I now love to sit in silence and read. I now love to talk or simply listen with no added distraction in the background.
I now love to just sit or walk – in silence. It’s amazing what you hear when your brain isn’t confused with other things.