I’d been with Steve for a life-time, well 46 years to be precise, non-stop every day. There were only a handful of times when we were apart. Once when Steve went on a 14 day Vipassana retreat in the heart of the Suffolk countryside and where contact with the outside world was prohibited and a few other times when I went to visit my brother in California. Apart from those times, we were inseparable. When Steve died in February 2017, I had a house full of people, but slowly family drifted back to their own lives and I closed the door to my last guest and the silence hit me.
How was It?
Well at first the silence was overwhelming, a feeling of emptiness hung in the air. My son Ryan recommended I listened to American Podcaster Sam Harris.
That one piece of advice helped, I’d walk around the house with my Jam Heavy Metal speaker, booming out Sam’s words. It was a comfort, Sam Harris’s voice was filling the void in the house and during those first few months, an added benefit was that I learnt so much about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence, The Dark Web and Whether Free Will Exists.
Now I’ve progressed to listening to Danielle Bolelli’s History on Fire podcast. He’s got a particularly distinctive Italian voice and I find his words soothing, they put me in a trance, sometimes I have no recollection of what I’d been listening to but those podcasts in the early days served me well.
Give it a Try
Find a topic that appeals to you, the chances are someone has recorded a podcast on that subject, tune in and lose yourself for an hour or two. I find listening to podcasts a useful distraction when carrying out sad tasks like sorting through your loved ones clothes.