Often in New York when walking the streets of our shiny city (cough , cough) I have found it surprisingly comforting to be wearing headphones. When wearing headphones you are not expected to respond to people asking for “spare change”, “donations for world peace”, or “directions to 23rd and 6th” – the corner upon which they stand. Sure, you may still get the cat calls and outstretched hands or the rude comments and even ruder gestures, but you can pretend not to notice and just walk by. I decided today to try it at home too… What do you know, it worked! I didn’t even have an mp3 player in my pocket. My roommate walked into the kitchen complaining about her life, like always, and Bam! It was like a magic trick. She just stopped talking mid sentence and life was oh, so sweet!
I don’t ignore everyone. Headphones just give me back my right to freedom of choice.