Yes, it's true. The title isn't clickbait or over exaggerated in any way. I spent a week without my headphones...and survived. I didn't do it to challenge myself or for any sentimental reason other than...my headphones broke which is really nothing new. I keep making the terrible decision to purchase those cheap 9 dollar headphones hoping this will be the pair that lasts.
So for the 30th time my headphones broke and I had a moment of debate with myself. Do I really go out and buy another pair that's going to do the same thing or save a couple hundred dollars for some quality headphones? Truth be told, the amount I've spent on cheap headphones all together could buy me several high end headphones.
On one hand, you get what you pay for (most of the time) and on the other hand I can be kinda cheap. I'll splurge if it's towards something I'm passionate about, but for me headphones are headphones. So I took a week to think and saw how life was pre-headphones. It was so odd walking to class without my music blaring. I'm sure my ears thanked me, but it made the walk more daunting than usual.
As funny as it sounds, I also became more aware of my surroundings. It was as if I was wearing glasses and someone wiped the fog away. Everything became clearer. Hearing the birds chirp, watching everyone else walk to class, some laughing, others running to catch the bus became more vivd. Have you ever been driving and couldn't see something and turned the music down? Your vision has nothing to do with music, but you focus better. Again, I know it sounds silly, but I felt like I was truly in the moment.
This week taught me how much I rely on headphones. I skipped the gym because I couldn't fathom working out without them. Us headphone users also rely on music to block out the "noise" and a lot of the times it's helpful and brings down any nerves, but what if you missed out on something important? Imagine walking to class and someone is calling your name because you dropped something or worse, someone is hurt. While it's not your fault, these example show why it may be a good thing to leave the headphones at home...or at least turn the volume down.
PS: I bought cheap headphones, but a different brand so that counts for something right?
PSS: ...it doesn't
Have a wonderful day!