I no longer listen to the radio while driving.
More than three months ago, upon returning from South Africa, I began experimenting with keeping the radio off while driving. But after all this time, I have kept it off. And it’s simply because I like the quiet.
There are so few times when I am awake and quiet. I love talking to people and catching up, living my relationships. I find YouTube videos hilarious. I enjoy a good TV show. And, while working, I am conducting phone calls, presenting, having meetings, or writing emails.
To get in a quiet car after work and just drive has been wonderful. I catch up on my thoughts. I remember my breath. And I’m calm.
To get in a quiet car before work is also powerful. It’s a more peaceful way to start my day.
I’ve realized that I often used the radio to escape from myself. To distract myself while driving. But I have found there is peace in not doing that. There is peace in adding a little bit of silence to each day.