It's been a pretty busy week, and I feel that my cramming abilities are better than ever. So many things to read, so little time! I know, I know.. it's a classic excuse. I've never been good at time management, and I'm constantly trying to make some improvements. I guess I really have to work on it since I have the impression that sophomore year would really suck the energy (and the weight, hopefully) out of me.
An important lesson I learned this week: NEVER leave your calculator at home especially when you have a quiz on accounting. Too bad I learned it the hard way.
I'm currently in the Matteo Ricci study hall. Yes, it's Saturday, and I'm in school because of NSTP. I'm not really complaining about it since I have the feeling that I'll be enjoying what we'll be doing for the coming weeks. We'll see about that.
Hmm.. I feel that this is getting really random. I better move on to my entry! (Finally!)
Yesterday, I met my brother right after our Com 11 class because I asked him to accompany me in looking for a dress to wear at my friends party tonight. Since I'm fortunate enough to immediately find a dress to my liking (and it's on sale, by the way), we finished our agenda early. With too much time on our hands, we decided to check out which films they are showing at the moment, and I was glad to see Monte Carlo, a film starring Selena Gomez, on the list.
Good thing my brother was considerate enough to let us watch Monte Carlo instead of Transformers 3. I've had a tiring week, so I told him I'd rather watch a light chick flick than deal with a nerve-wracking action film with good and bad robots. Once everything was settled - tickets bought with popcorn and drinks on hand - I entered the cinema with the hope of having two hours of pure chick entertainment, only to be disappointed. Not by the film itself, but by the people seating next to us.
A woman (let's call her Person A) sitting beside my brother commented on every scene. EVERY SINGLE SCENE. She kept on talking to the one she's watching with like they're just sitting in the living room of their own home. You know how the storyline of chick flicks could be so predictable, right? Person A kept on broadcasting what would happen next, as if she's the only one who gets it and she's doing everyone else a favor by announcing that the main characters are finally sharing a kiss.
To make matters worse, a man (let's call him Person B) wouldn't switch his mobile phone into silent mode despite the courtesy reminder the cinema flashes at the start of every screening. Person B's phone rang several times, but he just doesn't seem to get it.
Because we already paid good money for our seats, and I also love the actresses in the movie, my brother and I did our very best to still enjoy the film. But of course, I can't deny the fact that at some point, Person A and B annoyed me. Their noise annoyed me.
Until yesterday, my idea of noise is exactly what Person A and B produced, which is an audible sound that could bother you. There are numerous other examples, just like a rowdy group of drunk neighbors who are singing their heart out in the middle of the night using a karaoke machine, the screeching sound a chalk makes when it comes in contact with a blackboard, the rough sound a car engine produces each time you start it, and many more. This was my idea of noise in general, but I found out recently that this is actually not the only definition you could give to the said word.
In fact, in it's broader sense, noise could be anything that causes a disruption or an interruption. It could interfere a conversation or a person's concentration. It could be something that defers or hinders the normal flow of things. Knowing this, we can say that a headache which prevents you from studying with ease can be called a noise. Likewise, a runny nose that keeps on bugging you during a basketball game is a noise. Stress, which is very common to people with busy schedules, is also considered a form of noise.
Noise, most of the time, brings discomfort and confusion. When interruptions arise, optimum communication is not achieved. Unfortunately, this could result to misunderstandings which lead to conflicts. As much as we want to avoid it, noise is something that is almost always present. It's part of our everyday living and it's something that we just have to deal with. And in fact, life would be pretty boring if everything simply falls into place, right?
So the next time I encounter noisy people inside the cinema, I'll just smile to myself and think, "Life isn't life without an an(noise)ing person or two". :)