Klaxon Call

Klaxon Call - Photo by Jeremy Yap
Photo by Jeremy Yap

Everyone has a different type of warning. Something that goes off in their head that tells them that something is wrong. It could be something direct and conscious that they are seeing happening. Or it could be subconscious where the warning goes off, but the thing that is actually wrong still needs to be discovered.

Some use a voice. It could be there own, telling them not to do something, or not to go somewhere. It could be a deep voice like a resounding god trying to scare someone into obeying. It could be a chilling whisper that makes a person think twice about everything they are about to do.

Some just have thoughts about things going constantly wrong, which tells them that something is wrong because otherwise, they would think happy thoughts and things would be going well for them mentally. For others, it could be a single train of thought that takes over, and they become distracted and unable to concentrate on the task at hand until they figure out what is wrong and or remove the problem.

I’ve done something a little different. I’ve trained myself to actually hear an alarm in my head, that is loud. So loud in fact that mentally I imagine myself flinch at the sound of it going off, but not only that, I’ve mentally trained myself to get that chill down my spine. I would imagine my blood running cold because something was so horribly wrong. A blood pressure spike to stop me in my tracks.

A while ago, I got into a video game known as Splinter Cell. This was back in the early 2000s. The game was one of the best I had ever played, and I thoroughly loved the storyline. But one of the most memorable sounds from that game was the klaxon alarm that the game developers decided to use when something went wrong and the authorities or security guards were on high alert.

It was louder than any other sound in the game, and it was clear and crisp in what it was meant to do. Which was to warn everyone that something had gone terribly wrong and to be on the lookout. It was sharp and had two different pitches by the time it was done in a cycle. The first sound would go off and while it was loud, it wasn’t as pitched as the second portion. It was, however, sharp. The combination of the two sounds was perfect for each other to signify a warning. A warning like no other. This wasn’t a simple beep, or a light going red after a sensor wasn’t able to scan properly. This wasn’t an innocent little sound when you had received a text notification on your mobile device.

No. For me, this was something else. A call to arms. Stand guard until that feeling had disappeared. I did this for myself because for too long I had been feeling the anxiety of something having gone wrong constantly in my life, and me ignoring it because I thought it was nothing and I was just losing my mind. What I realized later on in life was that I should have trusted my instincts because whenever I would feel something was wrong, I was right 95% of the time. Whether it was unintentionally reading body language and seeing that someone was upset or broken, or a situation just not feeling right because my subconscious mind had already connected the dots via actions that I wouldn’t come to see until it was already happening.

But I finally learned to trust those instincts. And that is when I decided to use a klaxon call for every time I got that gut feeling. An instinct that I trained to warn myself. While the gut feeling was the warning, I could just give into that grief and begin to become frantic. By training myself to hear that alarm, I become firm and move with purpose. I straighten out my back, stand tall and begin paying attention to everything around me like I had just been told that my target is close by and I need to look for something out of the ordinary in order to find it.

My entire demeanor changes to accommodate my new objective. The timing of my surroundings and my ability to track everything increase and I am able to keep all things in check for a short while. It only lasts a short while because paying that much attention, and keeping track of that many things mentally takes up a lot of energy and it can get exhausting very fast.

But now instead of reminding myself that I need to think logically in order to better and faster find what is wrong, upon thinking and hearing the klaxon call, I’m able to enter that phase of mind where nothing can break me until my task is complete. I become as sharp as the first sound of the klaxon piercing the air.

With how much the universe constantly interacts with everything within it at every level, there is a warning for everything. If you begin to pay attention to your surroundings and maintain a state of mindfulness at all times, you can see those warnings from a mile away. Some warnings should be heeded immediately, and some warnings you can ignore for they won’t be worth the energy put into it, especially due to the fact that most of the warnings you can ignore are problems you can solve by simply removing yourself from that situation entirely.

After all. You can’t fix everything.

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