Out of my mind

The strangest thing happened to me yesterday! The only reason I’m writing about this now, is because yesterday I had not the time nor the mindset to write about that strange and awful event.

I had a lecture about trends in the media which was going to take up 3 hours. Now there’s nothing wrong with that except for the fact that the building we were in has no tables so you have to use your own lap as one, and that seriously compromises your handwriting.

Well, my handwriting is horrible and unreadable to anyone but me anyway, so maybe I shouldn’t complain. But that’s beside the point.

I was sitting, all ready to learn and all that, when IT happened. I don’t know what it was or how to call it. ( Sensory overload, instant brain malfunction??) It took me by surprise. Let me explain what happened: I was trying to concentrate on the teacher – which was already a hard job because she kept stopping in mid-sentence and starting over again – but for some reason I couldn’t.

The people behind me were talking, the people next to me were talking, the people in front of me were talking; everyone everywhere was talking. A problem? Usually not, it’s kinda normal.

Yesterday, however, I couldn’t filter the sounds. Trying to focus only on what the teacher was saying became impossible. Thinking became impossible. Suddenly I couldn’t filter out ANY sound. And then, in a last desperate attempt to avoid me going mental, my brain just shut down. Leaving me in a state of sheer confusion.

I left the lecture early and just concentrated on my music and nothing else while going home. When I came home, my mom was playing music and to my ears it sounded terrible loud. She then started talking to me and I realized I wasn’t able to filter out the music while she talked. I almost slipped back into a shut down. I begged my mom to turn off the music.

Weird aye? A little creepy too.

I’ve always had problems with sound. My little sister and my mom tend to turn on sound (TV, radio etc) very loud. At least to me. I’m always asking them to turn the noise down. That’s one of the reasons I don’t like going out. There are too many (loud) sounds: the music, the people talking to each other, people talking to me, people who sing along with the music. It’s hell.

That and the flickering lights. Concerts are easier – not that I go to concerts frequently – because I only have to concentrate on the music. When I focus on one thing only, everything else disappears. But it’s not like I can’t multi-task. Heavens no! I’m a champion at multitasking if I may say so myself.
I’m afraid of thunder and lightning, but it’s the thunder that has the scariest impact on me, while I know that thunder is harmless and lightning could actually kill you. I just have issues with sounds. Especially when they’re loud.

Well, let’s just hope something like this never happens to me again.

 

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