I love moving fast, thinking fast (and slow at times— as this book taught me to) & executing fast.
My music taste happens to be similar to that lifestyle. For years, I’ve only listened to fast music. Anything upbeat, loud, that builds momentum.
I don’t like to listen to music while I work to avoid it becoming a habit (can only work when music is playing) and because I find it distracting.
However, as I’ve been introduced to the podcast world, I’ve begun choosing them over songs during activities which require minimal attention (e.g. cleaning room, commute).
Now, I only listen to music when I go on walks. I listen to fast music to get the energy going, because the purpose of my walks are usually to step away and re-energize.
Safe to say that when I came across a stoicism action item to ‘listen to music I don’t like’ for 15 minutes, I knew it would be ANY music that was slow/classical.
This morning I hopped onto Spotify, and typed in ‘classical music’, and clicked on the first song on the first playlist that showed up. My ears were treated to a delicate, piano instrumental — and my mind agreed that ‘well yes, this fits… music I don’t like’.
I started my morning off with this tune, and cleaned my room, made my bed, replied to some emails, got ready to go on a morning workout…and long story short a good 40 minutes went by, and I still had this piano instrumental going.
My Inner Voice’s Experience Narration🔉
- Minute 1: Not a fan, this is slow, slightly eerie for the morning when everything’s still dark outside. My finger automatically felt the urge to fast-forward the song to the chorus where it would speed up — didn’t speed up — realized what I was doing, and stopped.
- Minute 2: Hand automatically felt the need to whip the phone out again and switch songs. Re-realized what I was doing. Stopped.
- Minute 9: Huh…this isn’t so bad, quite calming even. Must be nice to wake up or go to sleep to, or perhaps to help re-centre during a busy day.
- Minute 15: Making plans to get my piano out again (used to play daily when I was 7, and haven’t much since) and learn a new song to jam too.
- Minute 40: Spotify ad starts playing, which I try to skip to get back to my tune & realize it’s been 40 minutes…of music I ‘don’t like’. Edit: (incorrectly) categorized that I don’t like.
- Don’t just try ‘new’ things often, try things you ‘don’t like’ more often — you’ll be surprised or least infer takeaway(s) from observing your thoughts/experience.
- We subconsciously make many moves throughout the day. Question yourself, the thoughts you have, what they are inspired by more often.
- When routines get in the way, we get so accustomed to certain actions that we never question if they are still relevant — or if they were ever relevant to begin with.
- Perceived risk>actual risk. When I first saw the action item to listen to music I don’t like, I felt angsty about it — didn’t want to do it. It’s so simple. It’s literally nothing. Being more open enables a learning ground you wouldn’t have encountered otherwise.
- It’s easy to categorize yourself. Identities are restricting because they are constructs that are created for the physical world and yourself to gain a sense of ‘clarity’.
- The notion to just exist — to have no identity — to observe, be here and now is far more enticing to me. To be lead by values which are your limits, but nothing else truly is how I live from now on.