The Tangled Headphones

The Tangled Headphones

I lay in bed last night & tried to calm the swirling chaos that is my mind. I tried to put a name to it, to describe what my head was like, and all I could think of was tangled headphones. The kind that have been in your bag for months and are an unrecognisable mess of knots that are intricately woven and will take a lot of work, effort and time to unravel.

And that's when I got a little angry, because I know that most people will take one look at the scrambled mess and pick a more pristine, straightened out, ready to use set of headphones. Who needs the inconvenience? People are just too busy for that mess, for the process of sitting down and detangling the wires when it's much easier to opt for the pair with no, or few, knots.

There are those who will make a good attempt at untangling my headphones, and they will try their damndest, but it just won't be enough, and like every other human, they will lose their patience and give up. Some will make a half hearted start, out of politeness or a feeling of obligation, but we all know they will lazily prod at the first knot and hope it all straightens out with that one tangle, without having to touch the deeper, messier knots that require all their attention and effort. Most will take one look at the wiry nightmare and toss back into their bag, something for another day, or more likely, the bin.

I want to untangle all these knots myself, I want to be the magical set of headphones that comes out the bag perfect and ready to use, no hassle at all.

But it's not that simple. After all, I'm human, not headphones.

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