Friday, September 9, 2011

The desire for vision

A few months ago I was at a meeting where the president of this particular chapter asked his members to explain what the loss of vision meant to them. As I listened carefully, I realized that there were so many stories to share. Some mourned the loss of their vision while others were scared. Still others accepted their lot in life while others were just happy to go along with the flow. It was a complete landscape of varying degrees of acceptance, mourning, and being scared.

As for me, my desire for the return of my vision still burns brightly. True it is that I have accepted my loss of vision. There is nothing that I can do about it, but still, I long for its return.

Why? So that I could do more for myself and for others. That things would be made a bit easier for me: shopping, house cleaning, cooking, and traveling. I miss seeing things: colors, shapes, and light. I miss being able to truly appreciate Mother Nature’s wonders and I miss being able to glide independently around the ice rink.

I miss being able to see the ocean, the blue skies, the puffy white clouds, and the gorgeous flowers and green grass. I miss being able to see faces and so much more, but you know what? My desire for the return of my vision will be fulfilled in the next world.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day and inviting you to go out there and tell others about my blogs. Visit www.nfb.org to learn how people cope with the loss of their vision.

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