Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

“Also, you’re wearing headphones blaring heavy metal.”

The prompt is “silence”, and with the way my crazy brain works I immediately thought of the loudest place ever. New York City, more specifically, Times Square. Though that was my initial thought, I promise this post is still relevant so stick with me lol.

This past August, my fiancé (Kelsey) and I took a week long trip to New York. As a born and raised Midwesterner, this was a bit of a culture shock for me. The place is “going”, literally 24/7. On our second night, she took me to a broadway show (Wicked, which was fantastic) and then we explored Times Square. There’s something else you need to know about me before we go further.

Not only am I a Midwesterner, I am 100% diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety. With that being said, let me paint you a picture of how I felt during my first strides through Times Square. Picture this, you’re walking through a crowded hallway that has no exits. This hallway has strobe lights and smells like a Porta Potty. Also, you’re wearing headphones blaring heavy metal. Sensory overload. That might’ve been a bit dramatic but you get the picture.

Okay so all of this is happening and Kelsey can tell I’m internally battling my sensory overload. So she says, “Tay, let’s take a picture to celebrate our 6 month anniversary”. She hands her camera to a complete stranger, grabs me, pulls me close and tells me to hold up my five fingers. Then this happens.


Silence. In the moment of this picture, I heard nothing. There were no people. No hallways without exits. No Porta Potty smells. Definitely no heavy metal. Silence. I was staring the love of my life in the eyes and time froze. Everything was still. Silence.

Author: taykayjersmerek

I'm 26 and married to my best friend! I have one fur baby, Jersey, and we have our first baby on the way, Merek. I'm in search for the meaning of life, as well as the best slice of cheesecake. Be a good person.

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