I've mentioned before I am not a real good cane traveller and that my preference is my beautiful guides. That being said - I celebrate the freedom that the cane has given me and appreciate it as a great mobility tool.
I started using the cane when I WALKED into a stop sign. I began training outside of my neighborhood and gradually my orientation and mobility specialist worked our way back to my home area. I remember the first time I used it in my hometown grocery store. It was scary, awkward, and empowering all at the same time! It felt like I was establishing a new identity of who I was and for a while the blind attribute felt like such a dominant part of who I was. I still remember one of my neighbors saying - oh, wow I didn't expect to see you here by yourself! Love it. Whether its a cane or something else that we have come to be open about ... don't you think it is freeing to just be ourselves.