Myself and the husband a bite to eat with a friend who's only back from China a few weeks, I hadn't spoken to her since she got back so I'd missed all the stories! Turns out she wound up in Hospital with septicemia! Turns out she walked for so long one day when she got lost she got a huge blister in her foot which wound up getting swelling up to twice it's normal size, oozing and that dreaded red line that your mother always warned you about started it's way up toward her heart! Terrified she was taken to hospital, where in a recently vacated bed (still warm) with an open drain running through the room she grinned and bore it as they pumped her full of medication whilst laughing at the tall white lady with the huge feet! Everyone in the Hospital liked to spit and smoke...nobody wore latex gloves and you had to go to the on site pharmacy to buy your saline and drugs for the drips!
So as you can no doubt imagine she was stressed to a huge degree, she was travelling with friends but not wanting to be a burden (so Irish) she sent them off and with a book she only had twenty pages left in and her friends Ipod. So as the drip pumped into her arm and she tried to take up a position on the bad that avoided the urine stains she listened to someone elses music selection! Now her friend is a lovely girl but they would have differing tastes in music so as she is witnessing crazy patients wander in and out of her room, a variety of Disney songs and musical numbers are interspersed with regular pop music! The most bizarre moment apparently was when a man walked by her door turning to reveal a missing eye ball and "magic moments" played in her headset!
Thanks be to god she was well enough to travel back to Hong Kong and was seen in a wonderful hospital and thank God (again) is back to her normal self! But the story got me thinking, would the experience have been any different if my friend had her own I pod with her would Stereophonics have added anything to the experience (probably not) did the surreal music make the experience easier to handle?
It's made me think about my MP3 player....I don't think I'd want you to have free reign to listen to mine, there is more than enough in there to embarrass me, but I wouldn't change it. What would I think of you if I listened to yours? Should we start random swapping of MP3 players? Would it give us insight into our friends and family? "Why Dad, I didn't know you liked Moose T (true story..."Horny, horny, horny!")?
So (bear with me on this one), do our MP3 players say more about us than we want to say? We put out our best books ("I love Joyce"...right), our coolest CD's, we were our nicest clothes etc, but our MP3 is private, it's just for us, in our heads. We all walk around with our own private soundtrack to our lives, if you swap your sound track with someone else does it change your life? Would an Emo kid still be sad if they listened to Mika? (probably worse so)
We all tend to think that everyone shares our out look and views on life, but when we put ourselves in someone else's shoes (or earphones) we see (or hear) things differently!