WBU-AP(Junior Group) Fine work
I want to change a visual impairment into the chance to build a foundation in a fruitful life
Hong Kong Wong Tsz Sin (20, Female)
As an old saying goes, "Nothing is given without a disadvantage in it". In fact, there is only a fine line between gaining and losing and the line is drawn by our own perspective of life. In truth, nothing is really absolute and I have to admit that visual impairment has made a certain impact upon my upbringing. Nevertheless, if you look at it from another angle, each and everyone of us has to face his or her own weaknesses and difficulties. In actual fact, I only have a more obvious deficiency and it has affected me in many more ways than for other people.
Indeed, when visual impairment became a reality for me and I had to accept that it could not be reversed, I knew that self-pitying would only make me sad and lead me to nowhere. I realised that it was much more important for me to treasure what I had left and to look at the world in a positive light.
Yes, the world is truly a clear picture in the eyes of the sighted. To my eyes, however, the world appears to be different. It is through the explanation and description given by other people combined with my own imagination that help evoke a gradual process in creating a beautiful and unique painting in my mind, thereby opening up the world to me.
When ordinary sighted people see me reading a Braille book, they have no inkling what it is all about or that it is saying something. They just view the Braille book as a pile of monotonous, pale and mundane-looking tactile paper. In my eyes, nonetheless, the Braille book is the dearest treasure to me. Every dot on the page is important and indispensable. As I read the Braille book with my finger-tips, I am able to absorb different kinds of knowledge, thereby enabling me to understand our beautiful and colourful world from various angles.
As I was born with visual impairment, my childhood was somewhat different from that of most ordinary children. Many challenges came my way both in daily life and in learning. These challenges have enabled me to keep calm whenever problems arise, thereby helping me to adapt to all kinds of situations, no matter good or bad. Just as a precious jade or shining diamond is cut and polished with a sharp knife, my visual impairment likewise has become a grinding-stone upon which my thoughts are being shaped out of a stumbling-block. Hence, this has been a tremendous help to me in becoming strong.
While my own efforts in personal growth are important, assistance and support given by other people are also definitely essential. Raising and teaching a vision-impaired child certainly requires extra patience. In fact, my parents had to invest much more time and energy in my upbringing than has been necessary for other parents in raising their sighted children. While sighted children may learn from watching videos and looking at pictures, my parents had to bring me on field study visits to the museums and other places of interest so that I could learn from the real scene. In addition, I had to learn how to solve my own problems by chatting with other people such as teachers, class-mates and even strangers. As a result, I was able to build up friendships with many kind-hearted people. Indeed, while there is no denying that the support from a loving family is essential, the helping hands of strangers are just as important.
Truly, we should not allow visual impairment to become a limitation or restriction upon us; otherwise we will not be able to realise our dreams. Instead, let our visual impairment become an opportunity upon which we can build a foundation for the development of a fruitful life.