‘OK, I’ll pay.’ He said.
I turned my head to him almost gracefully. He was already paying.
We left the shop; I gathered my hair in a bun. While it was just windy outside, the storm of thoughts in my mind was predesignating shocking guilt and shame. I swore to myself: ‘I will never let this happen again’.
On another day, he said he needed something from the shop. I came along because I was bored, and because I needed something myself.
The sliding door of the shop slid squeaking open to the side, greeting us with its bell and cold rattling conditioner. As we walked further, the techno-orchestra introduced a family of screeching fridges, following with the lamp synths, and shaking wheels of someone’s trolley.
The catastrophic differences in rhythm of all of these sounds was giving out a ticking clock on the wall. A metronome of 2/4 forever. A pair of barely working tills adds to the beat via this annoying beeping sound as if a car that never stops reversing.
I couldn’t decide which one was louder – people’s rustling plastic bags, the clock, or my partners voice.
‘Right, I’ll pay.’ He said.
Every Saturday I write a piece of Flash Fiction and I try to describe how the world looks and feels through Highly Sensitive Person’s eyes.
This time I am describing sound sensitivity in Highly Sensitive People. The overwhelm from sound for some HSP’s can be a very challenging part of their life. As we are always trying to stay alert and aware of our surroundings, sometimes it is just that much harder.
One of the techniques that HSP’s use to deal with this problem is selective sound cancellation. But before they learn how to effectively use it, their mind can cancel out sounds that should not be cancelled.
Being in a relationship with an HSP can also be somewhat different than the popular view on relationships. The not-so-sensitive partner should know about the characteristics of HSP as much as the HSP themselves.
Thank you for reading my weekly fiction, see you next Thursday for more information about Highly Sensitive People.
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