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Gordon's D-Zone Arcive (2006-2014)

Saturday, November 04, 2006

ANOTHER VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS?

PART 1

As I relive once again experiences that I thought long gone, I notice that there’s a lot of emotions bubbling up once I get to actually ‘seeing’ what I’m doing. Yes, it’s sometimes overpowering and rather exhausting. But another line of thought crosses my mind here. And a strange one. Why is it so hard to be once again ‘sighted’ when it was part of who I was for over 20 years?

And the answer to that is perhaps that I can notice definite changes in the amount of choices I can make. Before you charity supporters start taking notes here, I feel that it’s not the change in my senses that have made this leap. True, I can now appreciate the visual more but there are many aspects of life than meet the eye (literally).

The lack of choices that I felt as a blind person were more tied to the fact that people took for granted the fact that:

People can see

People who cannot see are not part of us

The second fact is more or less implied. I remain bewildered now that as a wheelchair user I still have to face the occasional stare and comment … but what really bugs me is when I find a flight of steps to the only route of escape from such individuals…

END OF PART 1

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