I don't enjoy flights no matter how comfortable the seats are because keeping still for long periods of time makes me restless. My solution: I listen to music to trick me into thinking that time is passing by faster. Throughout my flights to Koh Samui and Penang during the CNY break, I made a conscious decision to keep my earphones in my handbag for as long as I can and keep myself busy with a book instead.
Yes, I'm one of those people who does everything with her earphones plugged in: at work, at the gym, while I'm food shopping, during long car rides—you name it. Most of the time, I listen to music to block the outside world and other times, I do it to keep myself preoccupied. As a kid, I survived weekly 3 hour journeys to Kedah without music but it was much easier last time as I had a Nintendo Gameboy AND the ability to sleep in moving vehicles, something I no longer have.
I had a wonderful time being engrossed in my book during all four flights, all without the help of my earphones. Occasionally, there were babies crying and someone snoring but overall, it was refreshing being able to hear the background noise that I'm so used to blocking out. Time went by slower but I didn't mind it one bit; I was enjoying every page of my book. I even had my trusty moleskin with me so I could jot down notes.
Who knew listening to background noise could be such a delightful change? Hearing people's chatter and laughter keeps me focused so much better than Usher blasting in my ears—I still love Usher, though. City life has turned me into a fast-paced person that's always in a rush to do things—even the activities that I do for leisure! No wonder I'm always on edge; I'm in a constant hurry to move on to the next task in the little bubble I created.
My short getaway taught me that changing the way I do things in a small way can make a big difference in the way I experience it. It's been a few days since I've returned from my holiday and I'm still practising my 'no earphones' policy as much as I can. It's pretty great!