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This is a very random thread (I'm not trying to get all sappy on the subject) but I felt like making it, so read if you wish, and if you don't care, hit the back button.
So I work at a hotel, mainly driving vans and doing front desk work etc. Only started a little while ago.
I had to pick a woman up from the airport. She was legally blind, and also had her seeing eye dog. She seemed like she had her life pretty well in order; she could get in and out of the van pretty well, and her sight didn't seem like the worst. So I basically didn't give a second consideration to the fact of what she has to live with daily, and I helped her bring her stuff inside.
Now this is where I feel like a lot of people stop when considering the blind. You give it the typical "yep that would suck" and not think about it again.
Then I had to pick up a man the other day, we'll call him Tim. One of the nicest guys I've ever met. Tim was 100% blind and had been all 60+ years of his life. He struggled to get in and out of the van.
I brought his luggage to the front desk and put it right next to him, and figured that would be alright, but he didn't have any idea where it was.
Guests also have to sign a receipt at check-in. We tried to point out where to sign, but Tim had his own little thing - a piece of plastic with a cutout, and the cutout is where he would know to sign.
I then helped him get to his room, and had to hold his arm the whole way. The whole way down it was quite hard for him, especially because the hotel is kind of oddly laid out.
We got to his room and he needed a way to figure out how to slide the key card in. He figured it out by finding the slightest bumps on one side of the card so he would know which way it would slide.
Then we went out to the courtyard where he took his seeing eye dog to do his business. However, Tim had no idea if the dog did its business, and Tim also didn't know what he himself was facing that seemed to have a step up (it was the concrete around a garden).
We got back to the room and I was about to leave, but he needed help with turning down the AC. I tried the best I could to try to tell him how to get to the AC, and he got it at first. Then he wanted it adjusted again a minute or two later, and began feeling the walls on the wrong side of the room, thinking he was getting near the AC switch.
As I was leaving, he then began having trouble with his dog's behavior, and once the dog started behaving, I left Tim alone.
I felt I got my first really good glimpse of what life would be like living blind, and now I can see that since a blind person may have been blind his/her whole life, it doesn't mean they're a pro at getting around.
So next time you're in traffic complaining about how long it's taking, or wondering whether or not you should go skiing because it could be too cold, just remember it could be worse - you could be blind, and not be able to participate in these daily types of activities.
I checked the end to make sure there was no fresh prince ending, and then i read through it.
I agree completely, and it is something i think about often. Being 100% blind would be the worst. And then second worst, i think, would be complete and total deafness, Not because i would have to learn to read lips or anything, but the thought of never listening to music again is horrible. To some it may not seem so bad, but i wouldn't know what to do.
mm respect for acknowledging it. i knew a blind dude when i was younger that was the same age as me and my buddys. and he could never do the same things we could do. i always thought how unfortunate he was, but i never thought about it as in how fortunate i was. makes me pretty grateful when i think about it..
well put, this shit kinda freaks me out when i really think about it. anyone could just be born blind, deaf, mute, mentally handicapped, etc... i just couldnt ever imagine my life without sight, sound, or being able to speak or get through school as easily as i have.
then think about us, everyone on here skis or snowboards. how fortunate are we to be able to take part in the sport? its ridiculous.
Yeah, thanks for posting this man. It's one hell of a wake up call, even though I never take my sense for granted, this really makes me grateful I don't have any defects. I can't imagine never being able to see the beautiful scenery, or the sunset, or anything for that matter. Good post my man.
even worse, you could be paralyzed, watching everyone being able to do everything they do but not being able to move
i know i'm not the only one who's had a near-death experience because of a passion be it skiing, snowboarding, blading, skateboarding, anything
but when i broke my nose 2 weeks ago i could have easily ended up with a broken neck
i faceplanted on the circle frame of a trampoline from doing a gainer, simple i know, but still
had a been a few inches back i would have landed with it directly on my head which would have surely snapped my neck or fractured my skull. there was also a net so i didn't fly off the trampoline and hit the ground even harder
after it happened i thought i got the worst of what could have happened but now i realized i really could have and many people have suffered through something like that sometimes ending up paralyzed and unable to even lift a fork to eat.
there's some crazy shit that people have to deal with and as a fully healthy person it's hard to even consider any of the terrible disorders that are out there
even something like the mildest forms of autism where you have control over your body but you don't have the mental capacity of the guy sitting next to you so you can't communicate or socialize
sorry for a second wall o' text
very good post
word dude i also had 2 pretty bad experiences on a trampoline. 1st: i did a backflip and landed awkwardly then sprung back and nailed my head on the tree next to the trampoline. 2nd one i got double bounced and went flying off the trampoline. they can be quite dangerous (also quite fun, i admit i wish i had one),
but i agree with what you said there. being paralyzed seems terrible, and for me, i feel like it would be especially bad to not be born paralyzed, but paralyzed in an accident like the ones you and i are talking about. to know what you could once do and not do anymore...terrible thought.
Its a terrible thing to think of, every time I see somebody that is blind I wonder how they do it. I have no idea what I would do if I was blind or had a physical disability. I feel like I would just mope around feeling sorry for myself. Its great to see people out on the hill skiing with a blind skier or a person bi-skiing, i definitely take it all for granted
My mother is legally blind, and our house is always a mess as a result. She can't keep anything organized, and she has to deal with my 14 year old autistic brother every day. It's really stressful to live with her, but sometimes I try to imagine just how hard life is for her and it lends some insight to her bitterness. It was embarrassing to me as a kid, but now that I fully understand how hard it is for her, I try to provide more understanding.
^I know it's all about me, but I feel like I can relate to what you're saying OP
paralyzation is one of my worst fears. i'm not sure i would even want to live if i couldn't move. one of the varsity baseball coaches at my school is confined to a wheelchair, and whenever i see him it's a reminder of how lucky i am to not be in a condition like him. sometimes when i wake up from sleeping with my arms under the pillow and they're asleep, i can't move em at all and it's the scariest feeling.
That's definitely something to be grateful for, everything I do would be impossible if I were blind. Most of us have trouble feeling empathy for people who are somehow impaired unless they directly affect us and our daily lives.
i have seen think blind skier, not very old. under 18. so he would inspect the course a few times. and have a person in front of him talking to him. but they go fast. if you had him on a course he knew and then plucked a part rat and had them race. the blind kid would win. hes that good. and i have seen a kid w/ 1 arm ski. he's pretty cool.