Ivana Torbica | Blind Beauty Issue 29
“We all have bad days. We all fake it till we make it. And we should not be embarrassed by it. We are survivors and sometimes in order to survive, we have to act like we already did. ” ~Ivana Torbica
What I really love about the Instagram community of blind and visually impaired women are posts like Ivana Torbica’s. As a group, we are uplifting to one another yet real. No matter the cause or degree of our sight loss we connect in ways few get to experience. Brought together by a common bond no one wants to go through, we understand the continual ups and downs.
“I post a lot about how great it is to be a mum and how Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) didn’t change me (at least not in a negative way). I know it must be hard for some to understand or relate, but I just want you to know if it seems easy it doesn’t have to mean it really was.
I would never trade the life I was given for anything else. All the challenges I face helped me grow and develop. Every setback made me try harder and yes, most of the time I would reach my goals. At the same time, I was always realistic when setting goals, just because I knew if I do not smash them I will feel defeated. And in those few rare occasions when I would stay empty-handed I knew I have to try harder.
Good Times Don’t Last Forever, Neither Do Bad Times
So, no, I am not always super sweet and happy. Certain days I stay in my PJs all day long and that is ok. Sometimes my sweet little baby girl pushes my buttons and misbehaves but she is just a child testing boundaries. Still, to me, she is the most important and the most perfect creature in the world! So, yes, we all face dark times. We all have bad days. We all fake it till we make it. And we should not be embarrassed by it. We are survivors and sometimes in order to survive, we have to act like we already did. “
Ivana Torbica Featured Image Description:
Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Ivana Torbica and her little daughter are on the cover. They are sharing a sweet hug cheek-to-cheek and both brown-haired beauties are smiling. Blocks of text superimposed on Ivana’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others”
You can follow Ivana on Instagram at @retinitispigmentosaevasstory