It wasn’t really by choice, but one night last week, I ended up leaving my headphones out of my ears.

I usually walk, work, and ride my bike with my headphones in.  I’ve wondered before if I do this for reasons greater than just the background music.  I wonder if, perhaps, I do it because I’m trying to not listen to something.  And by listening to music, my thoughts, doubts, and wonderings are somewhat drowned out by the monotonous songs to which I’m always listening on repeat.

photo (16)And so, as I noticed that the music had literally stopped while crossing Bay and Fillmore that night, I thought that, perhaps, I should stop the music more… and listen to what’s going on around me.

I heard the sounds of engines running, the wind blowing softly into my ear canals, and my bike tires rumbling a low roar against the pavement.  I heard the sounds of grateful thoughts rummaging through my mind, and feelings of hope as I continue this new phase in my life–this new phase that is slowly becoming a constant reality.  I heard the sounds of the day’s excitement, of children running amok in my room, enjoying bring at school and enjoying learning.

We live in a world of distractions, and it seems that, with every corner we turn, we find, yet, another distraction to take us away from the joy of simplicity, from the elation that comes with the basics of our simple realities.

I think I’m going to leave my headphones out more often.

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