Blind Is Beautiful

15 Jun

By Stella De Genova

I am starting a new movement.  Blind Is Beautiful!  And why not?  There have been all kinds of movements: the women’s movement, flower people, black power, gay pride.  Well, you can belong to any or all of those groups and ALSO belong to my movement.  Movements build solidarity and confidence and that’s just what we need.  Living with blindness builds strength and character and that’s what we have.

Don’t laugh!  How can blind possibly be beautiful, you ask?  For starters, we have exceptional extra-sensory perception.  We see with our ears and our noses and even intuition.  That’s almost like super powers.  Beautiful!

For another thing, what seeing person can take a deep breath and step out of the door into the big world with their eyes closed – every day?  Exactly.  That alone makes us courageous.  Beautiful!

And how many people can bump into the “Don’t Walk Here” cones or even a street pole, shake it off and keep walking as if that didn’t just happen?  Now that is resilient.  Beautiful!

Visually impaired people do have heightened senses, we are courageous and resilient.  We may have to remind ourselves of that from time to time but it is true.  We can think of famous people through history that were blind who have inspired the world.  We can think of famous people today that are blind and affect peoples’ lives through music, words or actions.  We may be every-day people but we are not ordinary and we all inspire others in one way or another.

I am inspired by the man who is completely blind and navigates his way through the city with only a cane or a guide dog to assist.  I’m inspired by the woman who keeps the office running and can navigate the computer like someone with 20/20 vision.  There are big accomplishments like blind people who have their own businesses or are in charge of programs.  But just as importantly, I am inspired by the person in the support group that shares a personal experience that makes everyone else in the room feel more hopeful and not so alone. 

Every day brings new challenges and every day we persevere.  Yes, we sometimes feel pain and sadness but we also sing and dance and laugh.  We are life.  We are art. 

I am starting a new movement.  So join the movement and spread the word.  Blind is beautiful and we are proud and we are here to stay!

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5 Responses to “Blind Is Beautiful”

  1. Cheryl Megurdichian June 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM #

    Beautiful, Stella! Knowing that in some small way I have had an impact has just made this dreary day a whole lot brighter!

  2. Stella De Genova June 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM #

    I’ve always known blind is beautiful because I’ve always known you.

  3. Tina Loprado June 16, 2011 at 6:51 AM #

    This is a lovely perspective of who we are and how we are. Yes, we should be proud of being beautiful and yes we are definitely here to stay.

  4. Lisa Gorden June 20, 2011 at 12:04 AM #

    I love your comment about the support group. Any time we make the world a little easier for our fellow blind person through our sharing and our love, we are beautiful creators. I would be proud to join your movement.

  5. peete January 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM #

    i am not blind but i think its a good and powerful strategy.

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