Five Things I Love About Being Visually Impaired 

I know that it might sound extremely weird, but there’s actually quite a lot of things that I love about being visually impaired, and I thought that I would tell you five of them.

me holding a white cane.

A picture of me holding my white cane.

1. The visually impaired community.

I absolutely love the visually impaired community, especially all of the people I know on Facebook as i’ve found that everyone is incredibly helpful and friendly. For instance, if i’m worried about anything, or want to know something about being visually impaired, I know that I can ask them, and even if it’s a ridiculously stupid question, someone will answer it without judging me.

2. Free travel.

I know that this might sound a little strange, but Bus and Train ticket prices are incredibly expensive, and for someone who can’t drive and has to rely on public transport to get them where they need to go,  I don’t think that I would be able to afford to do everything that I do if I didn’t have my travel pass.

I also really like that as i’m registered as being severely partially sighted, and my travel pass has a letter C in the top corner of it, that my companion, usually Jamie, can also travel with me for free.

3. Buy one get one free tickets.

I absolutely love going to the Theatre or going to see the latest blockbuster Films, and I find that this comes in really handy, as it means that whenever I buy a normal full price ticket, that my companion, again usually Jamie, can get his ticket for free.

4. My supposed heightened senses.

It’s a common misconception that people with a visual impairment have heightened senses, but it’s simply just not true. We tend to use our other senses, smell, hearing, taste, and touch to navigate the world around us, and that therefore means that they are more attuned to our surroundings. But I do love being able to hear someone knocking lightly on the door from upstairs, being able to smell the individual notes of a fragrance, or being able to taste every ingredient in what i’m eating or drinking. I actually managed to really creep Jamie out once by being able to tell him everything a Bar had used to create a Cocktail, and getting it 100% right, haha!

5. That it’s a part of my identity.

I know that it might sound incredibly weird, but I love that being visually impaired is a part of me. I mean I don’t let it be the only thing that defines me or anything, but it is a major part of my identity. For instance, I probably wouldn’t have experienced some of the amazing opportunities that I have had if I hadn’t have started this blog, and I probably wouldn’t have started this blog if I wasn’t looking for a place to share my thoughts, opinions, and general ramblings about being visually impaired.

There’s a lot more things that I love about being visually impaired, but I thought that I would just tell you five of them.

What do you love about being visually impaired? Why do you love it? Please let me know down below.

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Luke x

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  1. Thank you for this great article. There should be more people like you, I guess you have a very supportive family around you too. ?

  2. Carolyn Elliott

    Hi Luke, my fave thing about being visually impaired is the new friends I have made in the people who have offered me help. Restores my faith in people in general. Carolyn x

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