Yesterday I reminded everyone that we’re happy to take guest posts, and this morning I got another one. It’s from Gill, and it’s a wee little reminder to sighted people that blind folks do, in fact, have lives, and a bit of encouragement to the blind folks who haven’t quite figured that out yet.
Remember, these are posted as is, so any mistakes you see or opinions you don’t agree with are not those of myself or Carin.
When the average sightedthinks blind people they often have assumptions, ideas, and most often negative stereotypes. What kinds of jobs do they think we do? Generally they think piano tuning or something craft related. What if I was to tell you that the next time you drop your son or daughter off at football practice, or have a relative prepared for burrial you might just run in to a blind or sight challenged individual.
We work hard, we play just as hard. Most sighted people think blind people’s interests run toward the bland. You know? Crafts, bingo, radio tuning, and all that tame stuff. Wrong! We ski, sail, do salsa dancing, and so much more.
So what does all of that mean? To all you blind people out there don’t sit on the sidelines. Why do it when you can experience the thrill of skiing, the rhythm of the dance, and the mouth watering tastes of exotic and delicious foods.
From personal experience I can tell you that the feeling I get on a cold winter’s day when I strap on the boards, and fly down mountains is like nothing else. In fact my excitement is building as I think of it.
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