We all have it, that mental chatter that fills our minds and clutters our thoughts. It gets worse and louder as time goes on, becoming its own entity.
For me, the noise of everyday life and common stressors inhibits the creative process. It morphs into negative tapes of self-doubt that can crush the most confident of endeavors.
But, there is nothing like a 22-hour solo road trip to quiet all of that noise and regain perspective. I took my road trip last week for many reasons. But mostly, I knew I needed to spend some quality time with me.
Without the kids.
Without my hubby.
Without the common distractions that prevent us from clearing out the noise periodically.
It was a great trip. Not only have a regained my focus on some writerly goals, but the noise is significantly quieted. Oh sure, the negative self-talk makes an appearance from time to time, but it is not so self-consuming anymore.
During the trip a few songs repeated on my XM and Pandora stations. This one, Jason Mraz’s Details in the Fabric, felt particularly cathartic on the trip, serving as a reminder that the angst I often feel, the angst I think most of us feel from time to time, is nothing more than noise clogging our creative filters.
In the words of Mr Mraz:
All the details in the fabric,
Are the thoughts that make you panic
Are your thoughts results of static cling.
There is just something about those lyrics I love.
So, as I leave you with a little Mraz singing this song, I have a question for you? How is the noise in your head? Does is need to be cleared out?