I’m a lucky guy. I’ve been offered the opportunity to write a blog for the Guild for the Blind in Chicago. I’m excited and a bit overwhelmed about being the new kid on the playground of the worldwide web.
Friends ask, “What’s a blog?” It’s a way to share thoughts about life with vision loss. It’s a way to stay in touch and not feel isolated and alone. Use your computer to tune me in much the same as tuning in Andy Rooney on your TV. Hear what I have to say. Talk back to me.
I hope my blogs will strike a resonant chord with you. I enjoy writing, the whole process from spark to finish. I’ve had several stories published. Oh, and I know the subject – I’ve spent the last twenty-five years watching the world turn into a thick, gray fog. I see the world through all my senses except sight.
So, blindness. I didn’t want it and I didn’t ask for it. I thought it would be the end of the world, but it isn’t. It’s not a picnic either. For me, blindness has its pros and cons. You may disagree. Here are a few of mine:
Blindness saves me from having to sit through endless baby pictures; it pains me not to see the face of my beloved.
Blindness rescues me from my brother’s vacation videos; it hijacks the pleasure of sightseeing.
Blindness saves me a bunch on car insurance; it sucks when I want to get away.
OK, now I’ve said it: blindness sucks. Some days, it’s jalapenos in my oatmeal when I swear I reached for the raisins. Yes? I am grateful for the honesty to say what, for years, I feared to admit. I wanted to accept vision loss graciously, not to let them see me sweat, all the while, I felt like I was going nuts. Anybody out there feel the same?