Friday, September 23, 2016
(H3) The Value of Silence
I've always considered myself an ambivert, someone who is a mix of an introvert and an extrovert. Talking in general and talking to others comes easily to me and I highly enjoy it, so I would say I lean more towards the extroverted side. Deep, meaningful conversations are one of the most treasured things to me but comfortable silence is also one of the most valuable things I have come across. If I find someone in which I can share comfortable silence, I keep them around for as long as possible. Many people feel a need to fill the space of silence with meaningless words because they find silence uncomfortable, but I have found that silence between another person can be one of the most intimate experiences. Shared silence confirms to me the strength of my connection with someone.
I appreciate silence not only when it comes to others but silence in general. Every once in awhile I will take a drive in silence to simply enjoy the solitude and let my thoughts wander wherever they want. One thing I've discovered while being in college is that I undervalued solitude and silence, they are things that I truly need to have a little of each day in order to maintain my sanity. Time spent socializing with others brings so much joy to my life, but I know personally that silence at least for a short time everyday is essential to me. Silence is a healthy state for every person to indulge in and I find it beneficial to my mental health.