It is funny how on any given day the same things can be perceived differently. Or maybe even the way you say something communicates something other than you intended. Life is pretty simple; if you are willing to view it that way...in full pursuit of making the best of whatever it gives you.
As a graphic artist, you can spend a great deal of time solitary or at least in a crowd with earbuds in to block out the rest of the world or control your stimuli. Hence, my ipod is my best friend. I go nowhere without it. Spending hours a day creating or doing layouts or editing images; there is a passive focus to guard your mind and remain creative. Other days, you just want to achieve an objective AND stay awake. So I listen to podcasts. They are great. This is my latest discovery.