Daily Diary: Living Without A Car Radio And It Feels Kinda Nice

Many moons ago, our children put a dozen quarters into our car CD player. They were pretending it was a bank. We obviously didn’t realize what was happening. There went our cd player.

But that wasn’t the END of the WORLD because we still had the radio. I just couldn’t play Adele, Sarah Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson and Natasha Bedingfield on repeat. Perhaps my husband encouraged the usage of those quarters. 🙂

A few months later, the radio started to act up. For the last month, there’s been absolutely NO MUSIC in the car while we drive. At first, I was panicked. I couldn’t handle being alone with my thoughts. My mind tends to race and all that silence was too… LOUD. However, as the time progressed, I started to look forward to completely unplugging. When I’m driving it’s just me and the road. You become much more aware of your surroundings when you’re not belting out tunes for your non-audience.

This morning, during my drive, I noticed all the runners on the road, the dog walkers, and the Christmas decorations. Yes, they are still up in my town. I noticed the… silence and it felt really great. I live my life connected – every waking second of the day. So, now my drives have become a bit of an escape.

Obviously, we are going to eventually fix the radio – but for the time being, I’m just going to enjoy the silence.

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  1. Serene wrote:

    Happened to me once, radio ruined from the rain ???, anyways i picked up the habbit of singing to myself til i was pulled over one day under the suspicion of talking on my cell phone while driving! I found it easier to apologize and plead for forgiveness than to admit i was belting out Adele as loud as i can to keep myself entertained 😉 beware!

    Posted 1.8.12
    • Vera wrote:

      THAT IS SO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 thanks for sharing (and I am OBSESSED with Adele)

      Posted 1.8.12
  2. lizzys wrote:

    sometimes silence is golden

    Posted 1.8.12
  3. Kim wrote:

    My radio died almost 2 years ago. Coincidentally, when I was on hospital bed rest before the birth of my son. I have always meant to fix it but never got around to it. It has actually been kind of nice. First off, I only work about 5 miles from the house, so I don’t really miss it on the drives to and from work. I actually like the silence. If we do go anywhere that takes longer, I find my husband and i will fill the silence with conversation. It also gives me the opportunity to hear my son talking to himself (its sooo cute) which would be drowned out with the radio. I read an article years ago about turning off the radio and tuning in to your kids. I always thought it was a good idea. I guess the fates agreed.

    Posted 1.11.12
  4. had this happen and left it broken for months after I started to like the Thinking Time. Now I purposely turn it off when I am alone. I love love love that time now.

    Posted 1.11.12

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