Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Walking on new carpets

Yes, it sure feels great to walk on new carpets, but there is a challenge for me as a blind person. It throws off my ability to know where the landmarks in my condo are. Walking on new carpets often throws off my navigation so much that I end up in a spot that I did not want to be.

It's funny how the feel of a carpet enables me to find things. Call it familiarity, it is like having sure ground underfoot and using it to find where you want to go. Change this by bringing in new carpets and then everything is a bit confused for a while until I reacquaint myself with everything.

When I did my renovations a few months ago we put down new carpets and this is what happened to me and sometimes it still does after all of this time. I just need to get used to it and I am sure that soon enough the feel underfoot will once again become familiar.

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