The sound of silence


There I was sitting quietly, lost in thoughts. Surrounded by hundreds of people, yet aloof in a way. Random thoughts swirling in my head like things tossed around in a mid-west tornado. People talking, dancing, music playing in the background. Yet everything felt quiet. It sometimes feels like I just shut out the external world and go deep into my own.

I sometimes wonder, sitting amidst all that chaos, how my mind even does that. One moment I’m sitting there, listening to people talking around me, and then the next it’s all switched off and I’m in my head. It feels like a completely different place. It’s like changing channels on a television set. It’s like switching from watching a channel playing a crappy soap opera to an orchestra playing heavenly music. It feels good. It feels serene. 

I guess some people can just do that at will. It works out well for people like me who tend to be a little towards the introvert side of the spectrum. We cannot process too much information at a time. We need our space. Input tends to become information overload very quickly.

Silence tends to become the best friend. I tend to stare blankly,  sometimes, at nothing in particular. Not necessarily contemplating anything specific, but just staring. I don’t know if many people can relate to that kind of an act. I mean how do explain staring at a wall thinking about nothing. i’m sure it will sound crazy if you try to explain it to somebody. 😀 But then the mind works in crazy ways.


But for me, most of the time, silence is so much more tranquil and soothing in a way. Of course there is music that does that too. 🙂  Silence is soothing, ok got it. but whats with the sound of silence in the title, you ask!!! Well, its like they say for heat, coldness is just lack of heat. Its the same with silence.

Have you ever heard rainfall pounding on a tin roof, from under the roof? And then all of a sudden, the rain stops. Silence, so much so that you can hear your breathe all of a sudden. Thats what it feels like to switch off. Thats what it feels like to sit quietly, lost in thoughts.

Edited in response to the daily prompt as a first attempt – Silence

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13 thoughts on “The sound of silence

  1. The ability to withdraw into one’s self and tune everything out, can actually be a very beneficial skill to have. Though, you do need be careful to not withdraw so much that people find you unapproachable. I’ve made that mistake several times at work. I get so tuned in to what I am working on that I ignore all else around me. It’s not lent me the best reputation, at least in my line of work.

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  2. Silence can be deafening to one who is not strong enough to bear it. Its sister is Solitude, and at times, both of them combine to create the perfect solace. I’ve realised the cathartic effects of silence and solitude through my recent solo travels (which I have also blogged about), please feel free to let me know your thoughts if you are interested in browsing 🙂

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  3. Nice post! It reminds me of a song called “Dark Blue” by Jack’s Mannequin. One of the lines is: “Have you ever felt alone in a crowded room?” I don’t think you’re crazy at all 🙂

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