Day six of my fourteen day media fast where I don’t watch TV, listen to music, watch movies, stalk people on social media, or listen to the news.
I will admit it, life seems sweeter with music in it. There is something to be said, however, for times of silence and contemplation. I am not talking about fifteen minutes here; I mean periods of time in which you purposefully cut out all the debris of noise and content. Music plays in grocery stores, Starbucks, and even when you’re on hold. You cannot get away from it in daily life, but you can choose not to expose yourself to it for a period of time. It’s hard for me to walk on the beach and not listen to something pretty via headphones, but I have found some really cool things are happening. Since cutting out music I have been more creative, had some really amazing ideas, and even think clearer. If you feel like you’re walking around in a daze all the time, try this media fast. I have also felt more rested, even though I have had considerably less sleep and am accomplishing more. Cut out the unnecessary and fill your life with people and experiences. That is where true happiness comes from. I feel like music helps me to zone out and dream, but silence helps me to live. I am considering keeping this fast going. I like the changes I have experienced in my life. However, I am holding out on my decision until the 14th day. Try it, like it, live it!