I LOVE to travel and explore new places and also visit friends and family. We (Cricket and I) are off to San Diego today and will be thrown out of my nice little comfort zone. I will be reminded how 'blind' I really am. I find when I am in my familiar routine, I know what my surroundings are and fill in the gaps with memorization, etc.
Cricket and I are travelling with a dear friend that will have new experiences as she has never travelled with us and will learn so much about me and what blindness entails. We will laugh and find the humor in it as well as possibly experience some frustrations and even overwhelm. I wonder how many times will it take me to remember the key components of the hotel room, how to find the conference details, and so many other daily tasks that I take for granted when in my routine.
Cricket and I will explore new places and explain Guide Dogs and blindness to many new people. I will feel insecure at times, yet Cricket and I will enhance our bonding as we rely on each other in the new terrain. I can't wait to get on the plane.
Cricket: Because of you ...I fearlessly face the world; I know I am unconditionally loved; learn with curiosity and enthusiasm. Mary Anne Radmacher. (Thankfully I am unconditionally loved by many but found this did apply nicely to Cricket and her ability to help me go off on adventures)