I’m finding more and more these days that I’m turning down the volume on everything, and machinery that is booming makes me cranky! Is there anyone out there who gets tense and annoyed by the noisy lawnmowers that go on for what seems like hours of my weekend? You can’t take a nap anymore or do exercise to silence.
Not only that we can’t get away from the noise, especially those loud snowblowers on a stormy day or after the storm or the construction work that has to be done, on your road or close by, but there are the people who love to rev their motorcycles and fast cars. It is very disconcerting in traffic to hear 5, 10 or 20 motorcycles passing by. I’m wondering how many accidents are actually caused by police and ambulance sirens. Though I’d love to be a paramedic, I would hate the driving part of it! I know these latter two are necessary but I find it very stressful when I’m trying to drive carefully and follow the rules of the road.
As a teacher I would tell the students about noise pollution, but it seemed that their understanding was limited in this area. In doing a unit on sound, we guessed the decibel level of many sounds and then faces seemed to light up. “I get it!” the looks seem to say. Having worked in northern communities I realized that many children experience deafness, perhaps from being carried around on trikes and in boats with loud motors most of their lives.
Many teenagers listen to loud music while playing games and doing homework. Adults run with ipods all the time, music blasting. I have often turned up a favorite song in my car, and turned it down after a half hour of listening to Irish music. It is as if I can’t stand the noise after a while. I don’t hear many of my friends complaining about noise, but I’m sure there must be some noises that annoy each of them.
It is difficult to find peace and quiet these days. Taking a walk on an isolated trail or in a park keep me centered and calm. Perhaps I really do need that cabin in the woods that I’ve always said I would get when I get older!