What kind of things trouble the otherwise mirror-like surface of my sensibilities (feel free to snort at this point, but please have a tissue handy if you're going to do so)? Well, what's ruffled my feathers today - as on many days - is noise. My lead sensory and representational system (look that one up) is visual; I process much of my experiences through what I see. Nevertheless, over the last ten years or so I've become more and more consciously aware of my emotional sensitivity to sound. It's nothing new, but my awareness of it is only quite recent.
I've always hated loud noises - I find very loud sound to be unsettling and unnerving. It makes concentration very difficult, and produces something like profound confusion within me when I'm in its presence. Loud music I can deal with, but not much else. Loud noise is disruptive for me, and significantly affects my mood. Unfortunately for me and for anyone doomed to live with me, not-so-loud noises can have a debilitating effect too. I know it's silly of me, but it's not something that I have a great deal of control over - it simply happens.
This translates into me being rather uncomfortable (verging upon distress) in extremely noisy environments, mainly because I tend to feel as if a large portion of my senses have been wiped out and rendered useless, but it also causes some not insignificant irritation in relation to lower levels of noise which interfere in my daily life. Let me give you some examples of not-so-loud noises which drive me up yonder wall (feel free to applaud if any of these get your goat, too):
- Car horns. Necessary but bloody annoying if you're alongside them when they go off (especially when the alarm has been tripped).
- Very loud (proportionately of course) phone ring tones which cannot be adjusted, and which have the potential to cause trouser-soiling episodes. WTF?
- The noise made by some of my family members when eating crisps/potato chips. Un-fucking-be-leeeevable.
- The noise my aged mother used to make when eating peanuts with her mouth open. Disgusting.
- Come to think of it, anyone who makes a noise eating or eats with their mouth open. Come on, now grow the fuck up and stop that.
- Microwave alarm sounds: too loud, too annoying and a strong argument for buying a shotgun (with ear defenders of course).
- Incarcerated people in the cell block where I work, whining. Just shut up.
- Fire fighters: the noisiest and most over-the-top emergency service.
- Large pickup trucks with exhaust pipes the size of a human head. Gentlemen: aaaahahahahahahaha...
- My neighbours' dog, which barks at everything. Everything.
Now I realize that this is far from an exhaustive list. The world is a diabolically noisy place, most of it caused by some of the most irritating humans ever to walk on the face of the planet, but things have just quietened down here, and I'd quite like to just enjoy the peacefulness that has descended.
Forgive me. And don't make any noise.