Creative Genius at Work
When I originally thought about this idea of Bold Blind Beauty and how I was going to structure the blog, I thought it’d be nice to entitle Fridays as “Fabulous Fridays.” Fabulous Fridays was intended to discuss the whole body, mind and spirit thing but then this morning as I began writing, I thought if I’m trying to get people to see who we are and our capabilities as blind/vision impaired women then why not highlight these very people. So enter Fierce Fridays and I’m not referring to Beyoncé, although I suppose many people would consider her fierce, no, what I’m talking about are the fierce bold blind beautiful women who previously have, or are, making an impact on the world.
Blowing My Horn
Stereotypes and misconceptions abound on how the blind/vision impaired function or live their lives and I think a large part of this is due to our not understanding what the loss of sight and blindness is and how it affects our life. Over the past few years there have been surveys1,2,3 that basically say that people fear sight loss more than cancer, heart disease or stroke. Could it be because we look at blindness as the total loss of vision? Maybe, although as I learned from first-hand experience the range of vision loss is very expansive and most people who have severe loss of vision do have some remaining functional sight. Okay, okay, I’m going to put down my bullhorn and bring the conversation back to Fierce Fridays.
What would a Fierce Friday be without Helen Keller who just happens to be one of my all-time favorite heroines? Like many children back in the 60’s I learned about Helen Keller in school and I was just fascinated by her and I’m sure that most of my enchantment was partially because as a child I could not wrap my head around anyone who was blind, deaf and mute being able to attain the heights of success that Helen Keller reached. Secondary to that thought was if someone in her situation could aspire to greatness then couldn’t I do likewise?
Helen Keller was fierce, she was an intelligent, determined advocate who fought for, among other things, the rights of blind people. One of my favorite quotes from Helen is: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” ~Helen Keller
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller