Being blind is freeing

I was talking with a friend today and told him that I thought that being blind was freeing. I know that sounds a little odd, but then again so am I. But if you think about it I no longer feel like I need to fit into what someone else thinks I should be. I also feel freer to say what is on my mind, maybe because I cannot see people’s reaction. On the other hand it could be because I know that nothing in life is promised.

When I was sighted there were norms that I was expected to fit into. Now since there are not that many people with disabilities I feel like I am free to be who I want to be since I do not have the social norms that I once had. Yes, I still adhere to the social norms of polite society and have manners. I do not want anyone to get the idea if you become disabled that gives you permission to become rude and mean. It gives you the freedom to do things you may have wanted to do but for some reason did not pursue.

For me, it is helping people and getting to know myself. Think about it when we are “normal” we are busy running around all the time. Even if you have what you think is a boring life you never seem to find time to do the things you want to do. Now more than likely you have time. Yes, it may not be the best of circumstances that brought you to this place, but look at the gift you were just given.

I have a confession to make to you. Once when I was watching The Montel Williams Show he had on the psychic Sylvia Brown and she was telling several members in the audience that they were going to be authors. Well, I said to the TV I don’t want to be a writer and here I am writing and it is just coming to me. To top it off I am doing a journal series called inspiration through journaling. The series gives you a different inspirational person with each journal. You get a quote and writing prompts to help get and keep you inspired. I might also get back into the kitchen, one of my first loves. I love watching cooking shows and can tell you about every one of the Chopped judges (okay maybe not the new guy). I think Cut Throat Kitchen is one of the best things around. The surprising thing is I actually learn from these shows. I had no idea there was such a thing as rainbow carrots for instance, I really want to try them.

So, as you can see being disabled is not all gloom and doom. I think it is like starting your life all over again without a lot of stress and pressure. The only stress and pressure you have you put on yourself and if you are still going through the rehab process. Now that we are coming to the end of this article take a few minutes and think about what you might want to try that you haven’t before because you were too busy. Now take some time and do that thing and see how good you feel after.

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