Blogging 101: Day 10 – BS Shields or ways you can hide?

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:

Note to self


7 thoughts on “Blogging 101: Day 10 – BS Shields or ways you can hide?

  1. This post is magnificent in more than one way. First I can relate to it on a very high level, and second you have great humor that shines in your writing. I love that!

    I have an issue of using my headphones/music as a safeguard, and I’ve missed a lot of opportunities as a result. I’m working a bit to change that as well, but it requires me getting out more for it to actually yield positive results.


    1. I know how you feel. I feel like I’m using them as an excuse to sulk in the corner instead of growing a pair and actually talking to someone.


      1. I really enjoy music, so half the time I am listening to music I love and using it for the same excuse.

        The issue I’ve run into, is people don’t always abide by the “headphones on” rule. That causes a reaction in me that I’m not so proud of, I tend to get a little mad when people interrupt my song. Really, I know that is just an excuse as well. I’m more nervous that I’m going to be so painfully awkward when engaging in whatever small talk is presented to me, that the person is going to regret even bothering.


  2. I really enjoy this post and a few other post that you have written. It’s great that you are allowing yourself to be stretched out of your comfort zone and doing ” self-training”
    I leave you with this quote to encourage you to take those “…tiny steps…”…. ” Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.” ~ anonymous


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