Forgetting That I Can’t See

[Blog Post] Forgetting That I Can't See

Being forgetful just seems like a part of everyday life for many of us. How many times have you left the house without something that you really needed? Or walked into a room only to have no clue why you walked in there? We simply brush it off and move on. But, what about forgetting something that is staring you in the face? Something that you cannot so easily ignore?
Have you ever forgotten you can’t see anymore?
Let me explain As a person who once had total vision, I find myself putting together pictures in my mind of what things look like. After all, I have a reference point for many objects, colors, places and people. Therefore, when someone describes something to me, I can easily make a mental picture of it. And, it is almost like I am seeing it. I know that I am not physically seeing it, of course. But, my mind almost plays a trick on me in this regard. For a few brief moments, I forget that I am a visually impaired person and just enjoy whatever it is I am doing at the time.

Here’s a good example: My wife and I took a trip recently to Disney World. Obviously, there are many sights to enjoy at such a magical place. But, it can be hard to describe it all especially when you are walking past everything at a quick pace just to make that dinner reservation you’ve had for six months. But, Disney offers a device that you can use during the day that will give you audio description of many of the attractions and sights in the parks. (More on that in an upcoming video.)

As we walked around the parks, the device would tell me where we were and a little bit about the area. When we rode certain rides and viewed certain attractions, it would give audio description for what was happening. For many of those moments, I knew exactly what was going on. I could laugh with the sighted people. I could cheer along with the sighted people. And, not just because they were laughing and cheering. But, because I knew why they were laughing and cheering. It offered some very special moments.

Understand that it did not take the place of seeing these things. Nothing does. But, for those times, it helped me forget that I couldn’t see and allowed me the chance to just enjoy what we were doing. It allowed me the opportunity to just be in the moment and not concentrate on the disability I deal with everyday.

Now, there are plenty of times where we are reminded that we cannot see. I’ll cover that in another post. But, there are a few precious moments where the stars align and we forget all about the troubles and trials that come along with being visually impaired. No, we can’t live in those moments forever. But, it is important to enjoy them while they last. And, it is just as important to remember that when you are feeling a little overwhelmed, those moments will come again to give you some reprieve, even if it is only for a little while.

Have you experienced something like this from time to time? What was something or someone that helped you forget the blindness for a while? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!