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642 Things to Write About Challenge: Week 11

Written By: Colleen - Mar• 15•13

I’m very drained today after getting some bad news yesterday.  I can’t really think very clearly about anything right now and no, I don’t want to talk about it.  I do hope I can do this topic justice.  Sorry if you think it’s a boring subject.  It was actually my runner-up choice for last week’s post.

“What is the sound of silence, and when did you last hear it? What was missing?

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I can only remember hearing the sound of silence on one occasion, but I wish I could hear it again.  For me, it was like this glorious state of being that’s totally unattainable after the first experience.  I discovered the sound of silence when my sisters, parents, and I went on a cruise in June 2008.  My sisters and I were sharing an interior room, so there were no windows and barely a crack under the door to the hallway outside.  When we turned the lights off every night, it was pitch black.  It was so black that I don’t think our eyes ever really adjusted to the darkness.  When everyone else fell asleep, it was so quiet in that little interior ship cabin room that it was like the world was completely still.  This may sound strange, but I found it so comforting.  You would think that someone like me, who is constantly thinking and worrying about something, would be having an anxiety attack after 5 minutes alone with my own thoughts in completely silence and darkness, but I felt very relaxed.  My own thoughts were what was missing.  I remember sleeping so solidly each of those nights.  I wish I could recreate that peaceful scenario again, but there’s too many outsides noises, electrical hums and natural creaks in the real world.

Ever experience the sound of silence?  Leave your answers in the comments section.  Thanks! 🙂

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  1. Michael says:

    A few times I’ve stayed in Panamint Valley, CA (the valley next to Death Valley) at a little motel there. At night we’d drive a few miles down the road pull safely off the road and shut off all lights. It’s so far from anything that there’s no noise and it is pitch black. So dark, you barely see the hand in front of your face. I think there is exterior lighting at the motel gas station now but that’s it for miles upon miles.

  2. Melissa says:

    The first memory of silence that came to me was I high school. I used to spend my study hall in my last year in the audio visual library. No one else ever cake there, most of the other students hung out in the cafeteria during open study halls. So I had the place to myself. I’d sit by the window, look out at the woods and occasional deer, and would read or draw or just think. High school wasn’t a happy time for me. School was fine but home life was less so. I can remember how much I needed that solitude.

    Thank you for making me think about it.

    Thinking of you and not asking you about anything. Just take care.

  3. Carol says:

    I experience that sometimes when I go outside during a snowstorm. The streets are empty and all sounds seem to be muffled by the snow. The whole world seems silent and white. It’s so peaceful. What sound do you feel comforts you?

  4. Lynn says:

    I thought I hadn’t experienced anything like this, but I remembered the time when I had just arrived at the Irvine train station and was waiting outside to get picked up. I was in awe over how quiet it was. No birds, no leaves rustling, it didn’t even seem like the air itself was moving. It lasted maybe a good 15 minutes till someone walked by. And it felt so natural, not like a forced silence, just a soft hush. Moments like that are so rare in this hectic world. I hope someday I can experience a peaceful moment like that again.

  5. Adam says:

    I’ve thought for a long time that the simple concept of silence is a luxury that we have lost. There is almost no scenario we can reproduce in everyday life that allows us to truly revel in the utter calm of complete silence.

    When I used to work in mobile phone development, we had a chamber in our labs that was designed to cancel out all sound and radio waves. In such chambers, the ceiling, floor and walls are covered in strange, different sized foam spikes that literally catch the sound waves and tuck them discretely away in their folds. With the door closed, the quiet was eerie, the kind of silence that makes you think your ears have stopped working!

    Everyday noise sometimes drives me crazy, especially at work. I’m in an open plan office with over a hundred other people … always phones ringing, printers clacking, people thudding past my desk, coughing, sneezing, having loud shouty meetings just 4 feet away from me. All I can do is put headphones on and replace them with something else.

    Thankfully, I have things like Metrobuzz to not only drown them out, but to entertain me as well. You guys have helped me through many a noisy day!

    … Sorry to hear the news wasn’t good. Thoughts are with you.

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