A break from my buds

By Axel Marcenaro
On March 8, 2019
I promise I’m not some old man who is against all technology, but I am an advocate of taking a break from it. 
A week ago, my earbuds broke, then my backup earbuds mysteriously disappeared. This was heartbreaking, as I am someone who has to be listening to music or a podcast at all times of the day. 
My first day without them, I thought I was going to go crazy. I felt incredibly anxious while trying to complete my day-to-day activities. 
Walking to class was weird. 
Working in the office was weird. 
Even eating in the cafeteria was weird. I usually watch YouTube while I eat, but I didn’t think the entire room wanted to listen to the videos on my watchlist. 
So, there I was, struggling immensely. I figured it had to be my last day on Earth as I would never survive another 24 hours without those little plastic sound emitters. 
Then, the second day happened, and crazy enough, it was fantastic. 
From the moment I woke up, my head was much clearer. I was way more focused in all my classes and felt I had an easier time zoning into projects. 
Walking to class without music was boring, but it gave me time to figure out my plans for the day and think through some situations I needed to solve.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I still love my music and podcasts and earbuds, but it was nice to not feel the need for constant noise in my ear. I think everyone becomes so used to that need for background noise that they forget you need to be a little bored sometimes so you can clear your head. 
I do plan on replacing my earbuds soon and just sprinkling in days throughout my week where I do not allow myself to use them. 
Until then, I am enjoying my nice, quiet walks.

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