If you’ve checked out any of my social media sites, you’ve probably seen the phrase “Constant Wearer of Headphones” somewhere in my bio. To satisfy the curiosity, no, I am not always wearing headphones. They’re too big to fall asleep wearing, and earbuds are used sporadically due to the weird fit and pain that sometimes stems from wearing them for too long. But if I’m out walking, or sitting at my desk at work, or even curled up reading in a coffeeshop — you can bet I’ll probably have my giant headphones on protecting me from the rest of the world.
Why do I do this? Well, there are a lot of reasons, but here are the basics:
- My headphones are freaking adorable, okay? My husband got them for me for Christmas a few years ago, and before that I had a pair of Skullcandy headphones that I purchased my first week of college. At this point they’re basically an accessory to every day’s outfit, honestly.
- I come from a super small town and moving to the city has been kind of a challenge for my anxiety; there’s always something going on around me and sometimes I need a barrier between the outside world and myself. My headphones protect me from the women talking smack at work, or the constant barrage of traffic and police sirens. When my husband and I lived downtown we had loud neighbors, sirens constantly blaring up and down the highways just outside our windows, and the drunk and disorderly assholes who scream at nothing in the middle of the night.
- Music is a form of nutrition. No, really: eat your fruit and veggies while jamming out. It’ll heal you right up.