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THE POSITIVE EXPERIENCES & OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT MY LIFE AS A BLIND PERSON
Tin Moe Myanmar 44 male

I lost my eyesight seven years ago. Suddenly I found myself completely helpless; my life was utterly devastated. I passed my days in bitterness and in total despair.

After going through a few miserable months, I realised that no amount of lamenting would bring back my eyesight. I must pull myself together and find whatever ways possible to build a new life. I knew I could not depend on other people for life, therefore, I had to take control of my destiny.

I was fortunate to be able to enroll in a school for the blind where I learned the Braille system. Equipped with Braille skills, I was able to continue my studies at the university. That happy day was a great turning point for me for I knew there was hope in my life.

After graduation and with my qualifications as a skillful Braille user, I was offered a teaching position at a school for the blind. I felt on top of the world as I had been given the golden opportunity to do what I love. The cloudy days had passed and the sun was beginning to shine in my life.

The students had full trust in me and worked hard in their lessons. I was on "Cloud Nine" when they passed their examinations without much difficulty. As I listened to their voices of pride and joy, I could visualise a future of promise for them and my heart was filled with happiness.
Indeed, there have been many auspicious days in my life like the day I graduated from university, and the day I got married to my sweetheart. I was at the peak of excitement when our son and daughter were born. Those were such sweet moments for me.

In 2011, I was selected to attend a massage training course organised by Japan Heart. I studied with other blind peers and I found the subjects to be very interesting. Thankfully, we had a very patient and experienced instructor in conducting the training. I felt quite nervous when I took the examination, and was very anxious while I waited to hear the results. When the results came out and I passed, words failed to express the happiness I felt at that moment.

One year I was lucky to have the opportunity to join a trip to Germany. It was such a wonderful experience for me to be abroad - to be in a completely new environment with different climate and a different culture. I admired and appreciated the high spirits and warm treatment of our German hosts who took no exception to nationality, faith and status. Those happy memories will remain forever in my heart.

besides my teaching job, I also work as a masseur during my free time. I find it very satisfying to be able to serve those who need this kind of health care. For me, their words of thanks are as sweet as honey. When i arrive home from work each day, the warm welcome of my children and the sweet laughter of my wife sound like lovely pop music in my ears. I also get much pleasure when I hear some good news about my massage students getting employment, earning their own income, leading an independent life and being able to support their families.

To top it all, I have managed to open a small school for blind children. The happy voices of the blind students and the encouraging words of the donors make my days really bright. One of my goals in life is to help other blind people to succeed in their endeavours.

To sum up, I have gained much experience and I have had many exciting moments throughout my life as a blind person. Truly, I have gained many life lessons, the best of which is that success is at hand for those who really try hard with an honest heart. If we accept our condition as blind people, and if we do our best, we will be able to achieve our goals in life. We will be less likely to suffer as we travel along life's journey with peace, happiness and with dignity.

May each and everyone of us live in peace and be happy.



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