As I was perusing the new posts for yesterday’s assignment, I stumbled onto a post about music and how it can be used as a tool to connect to various age groups. The writer tells us that she uses songs to energize her classroom and when she discovers a new song her students like, she goes home and prints out the lyrics to get a better understanding of their emotions. But music can also be used in a destructive manner.
When I was younger, my parents fought often.
I hated it, especially at night when I had school the next day, and a lot of the time, I would stuff toilet paper into my ears to block out their voices.
It wasn’t till I got older, when I realized my love of rock music, that I bought the biggest pair of headphones I could find. Headphones, although sometimes overlooked by their smaller counter-parts, have a sort of hidden appeal to me.
If you’re sitting alone in a café, restaurant or bookshop and you don’t feel like socializing, you can just pop them over your ears and people actually leave you alone. The trick is that the headphones don’t even have to be playing anything. People just assume that you’re listening to something because they’re covering your ears.
This is an effective tool for anyone who considers themselves a staunch introvert or social misfit. Music has that effect. It doesn’t even need to exist in order to help you.
However, this can be a two-edged blade. I can tell you that after a while, even with music, you can get lonely. My social skills are in the lacking department due to the fact that when I’m alone in a restaurant or walking down the street, I’m knee-deep in another song.
I’ve used my headphones as a barrier against the world and in the end, it came back to bite me in the ass.
That’s why I’ve come up with a new resolution.
“From this point forward, if I’m alone in a public place, I will at least try to make conversation with stranger near me, no matter how awkward I start out.”
This is more like self-training than a strict rule. It’s a tiny step towards my goal.
Ending off on a happy note, here’s something to laugh at: