I often think about how different my life would be if I wasn’t vision impaired, if I could see the world in clear view, something I’ve never been able to do.
Would I be able to see the finer detail of this world we live in? Notice things that others do in my surroundings and therefore possibly appreciating it in a different way to how I do now?
How different would my life be? Well in today’s post I’m hoping to give some answers to this question. Of course, I have no idea how life without a vision impairment would be for me so points I’m about to write might not be the reality but they’re just things that I think about from time to time so I thought I’d write about them today and share them with you.
I’d be driving
Let’s talk about the obvious first shall we? If I could see clearly then I’m pretty sure I would have learned to drive by now. Due to my vision impairment I tend to depend on lifts in order to go to the places I want to go (thank you mum and dad) and they often say how I’d be driving now if I wasn’t blind/VI and would have that freedom. I know I can use things such as public transport in order to be independent but knowing that I’ll never have that opportunity to learn to drive like others my age do can be quite disheartening at times.
My school life would’ve been completely different
I often think about this also, would I have been more confident at school if I wasn’t VI? Would I have made more friends, had the confidence to go out places and interact more with people? I know being vision impaired shouldn’t have stopped me from doing these things but I often let it. Everyone seemed to see me in a different way to other people at school, I think that was both because of my vision impairment and the fact that I was so quiet. I think I let the fact that I couldn’t see prevent me from going up to people and having the confidence to start a conversation with them, get to know them etc because I couldn’t see who they were, I couldn’t see how many people were in a room, who was there that I could talk to and so forth. I can’t help but think that if I could see clearly I would’ve been a completely different person, I know it’s nothing to do with my personality and that they are both completely separate things but I do believe that it did have an affect on my confidence which really affected my school life.
I wouldn’t have…
I can’t deny that being vision impaired has given me the opportunity to learn great skills that those without a vision impairment might not have the opportunity to ever learn. If I could see clearly I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have learned braille (a method of reading and writing for blind/VI people). I’ve now learned braille in three languages – Welsh, English and French which I must admit I’m quite proud of. Other things I wouldn’t have done include: learning to use the white cane, learning about the accessibility features on technology devices, and learning to touch type. I also wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work for the RNIB as part of their Trainee grade scheme. I worked as a Trainee community development assistant for a period of 50 weeks which came to an end in August this year. Having this experience allowed me to gain an insight into the world of work and allowed to me learn and develop new skills, meeting new people and also helping fellow blind/VI people so I’m really grateful that I had this opportunity.
I’d have different people in my life
Living with sight loss definitely comes with its perks/positives. Being vision impaired has allowed me to meet amazing people, those of which I probably would have never come across in my life if I wasn’t living with sight loss. My best friend is also VI and I can’t help but think i would have never of met her if we weren’t living with a vision impairment so I’m really grateful that it’s allowed me to meet someone who is now such a big part of my life.
I wouldn’t be a blogger
Well I don’t know this for a fact, who knows, I might have started a blog for different reasons but I definitely wouldn’t be writing about the things I do now. I started my blog in the hope of raising awareness of vision impairment, to create a platform to help, support and motivate others and share my experiences of living with sight loss, something I would never have done if I could see clearly. Writing about the things I do now is something I really enjoy and the response I receive is incredible, it amazes me when people call my writing to be inspiring and that they’ve learned something or have been able to take something away from it. Being blind/VI isn’t easy but I have to say that being able to write about it and share my experiences with the world is definitely one of the best things about living with sight loss.
I know this post was a bit of a different take on what I normally write in terms of my disability and some people might think that there is no point in thinking about what could’ve– been or how things would be different but I wanted to write this post as these are often things I think about and maybe some of my fellow VI people can relate aswell.
Living with sight loss comes with its ups and downs and although my life would probably have been completely different without a vision impairment, I’m happy that it has allowed me to learn skills, meet great people and give me the motivation to live my life in a positive way.
Do you live with a vision impairment or disability? Do you ever think about how different your life would be without it? Let me know in the comments as I would love to hear from you.