The Sound of Silence

My life has been a constant flurry of activities since my last post (Or so I’d like to think.). I’ve been spending all my time falling behind and struggling to bring myself up-to-date with college and just life in general. I have been doing fun things as well. I went on a picnic last weekend, and it was wonderful, even though I only managed to sleep for a total of seven hours that entire weekend. I spent most of my time in the pool. I think now would be a good time to mention that I don’t swim (notice I used the word “don’t”. I don’t know if I can or can’t, really, I just know that I refrain from it.). But, I finally learnt how to keep myself afloat on the water and so managed to surpass all levels of lazing around in that pool. While I was floating around freely in the water, I realised that I had never actually managed to do that successfully in all the times I’d been to the swimming pool in my life. Or at least I never really took the pains of disconnecting myself completely by tuning out everything/one else. I went all out to make sure I did that this time, so much so that I managed to mute even the muffled voices that you usually hear when you’re underwater. It was only then that I realised how beautiful the sound of silence truly is. I didn’t have a particularly deep (no pun intended. Or maybe is; I really can’t tell anymore.) experience to justify my leaving a philosophical message at the end of this. I did learn something, though. And I’m amazed by how even the simplest of things that I do in life bear so much meaning. My simple act of floating around in serenity taught me something that I think is very significant. It’s so, so important to tune the world out sometimes, regardless of whether you’re depressed or you’re happy and your life seems to be sailing smoothly. I think so many of us are so focused on spending time with the people in our lives, and while that’s amazing and also essential, we fail to take ourselves into consideration. That’s what happened to me. It’s not that I wasn’t happy spending time with people, I just didn’t realise how much I was neglecting myself in the process. Before I digress too much, I’m going to leave with asking you to give it a try. You don’t need to literally push your face in the water to tune everyone out; you can do that right in the middle of a noisy crowd of people. It’s good to get carried away sometimes (okay, this was definitely intentional.).



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