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Is It Boring Being Blind?   

Mel Scott with one of her dogs
Mel Scott, Blind Alive

Many people wonder what it’s like to be totally blind. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation, in 2010 there were approximately 8.1 million people in the U.S. 15 and older with a vision impairment*. Of this number, the amount of people who are totally blind is minuscule.

Beyond navigating in a sighted world without light and the stimulation of vision, how does one live in complete darkness day-to-day?

Join me as my guest, Mel Scott, Founder of BlindAlive, answers a thought-provoking question on blindness posed to her by a young girl.

I had an eight-year-old girl ask me once, “Is it boring being blind?” I thought for a minute and said, “No, I have a great imagination.” She said, “My mom says I do to.”

I loved her curiosity and I began thinking more about the question, Why am I not bored? Does it have anything to do with blindness or even having a good imagination? To say, “I’m bored” is actually saying,” I’m not creative nor am I willing to investigate my own mind.

Blindness has made it much easier to be silent which is my nature. I do not have all the distractions sighted people have forced upon them. I could easily create distractions for myself with the radio or television but then the opportunity for introspection would be missed. I do not want my own thoughts to be diluted by the media.

SO, the answer is, No, I am never bored. I allow my blank screen to fill up with shapes, words, songs, poems, mantras, and a multitude of questions to be answered. I confess, not all of my thoughts are profound or even kind. Even so, I enjoy keeping myself occupied. The relationships between my mind, body, spirit, plus how all that intersects with everything else will keep me busy for a lifetime.

*The National Federation of the Blind has this view on vision impairment: “encourage persons to consider themselves to be blind if their sight is bad enough—even with corrective lenses—that they must use alternative methods to engage in any activity that persons with normal vision would do using their eyes.”

5 thoughts on “Is It Boring Being Blind?   

  1. As someone who has been completely blind since birth, I have to agree with this. I don’t think that being blind is born, especially if you know how to engage your creative thoughts and turn those creative thoughts into physical reality. I forget who said it, but I was reading a book once and someone had said that things are created twice, once in your mind and again in the real world. That’s an interesting thing to remember, especially when I’m learning how to turn my knowledge into a medium others can use it as well. Thanks for this amazing article.
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    1. Hi Michael, thank you so much for your comment, I’ll have to pass this along to Mel Scott. I think I recall hearing what you mention about creating twice (I’m gonna have to Google it now). ~Steph

  2. “I’m bored,” is a common complaint for children, or it was when I was a kid. I am sure we drove my mom crazy with it at one time.
    As an adult, I am never bored. I thik the internet has had a lot to do with that, of course, as I can learn anything I want, at the push of a few buttons.
    This article is correct. Living without the constant distractions of things to see only means the mind plays a bigger role, minute by minute. I think too much, but I too like my imagination, as it takes me wherever I might want to go, keeping me always occupied. It is important to stay in touch and contact with the rest of the world too. That way, you can’t retreat ito yourself too much.
    I just love the questions and the lack of bravado you get from children. Their questions are always fun and thought-provoking.

    1. When my kids where little that’s all I hear was “I’m bored” and they never had vision issues. But I’m sure this was what drove the little girl to ask the question which I think is reasonable given her age. I love when children ask these type questions because they are so honest and are reallly just trying to understand.

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