Recently someone told me they found my blog with the key words - good life and retinitis pigmentosa. Any one that knows me knows I am very low tech and it is an accomplishment that I can post a picture on my blog so I don't know how key words work but I have found this intriguing! So, being in a reflective mood - I will share my thoughts of how the two mingle in my mind.
Indeed I feel like I have a very good life. The blessings of a joyful relationship with my husband, children, and parents indeed = a good life. Colleagues and friends that bless my life in their own way = a good life. A career that I love = a good life. The simple comforts of life = a good life. Some opportunities to have adventure and joy = a good life. Health = a good life. A beautiful guide dog = good life. The list could go on...
Then comes the Retinitis Pigmentosa - blindness. How does that equal a good life. Somehow admist the challenge indeed it equals a good life. If it wasn't blindness it would be something else ... each of you reading this has dealt with challenges in your life. Yes, at times Retinitis Pigmentosa is a real challenge. When I need to be to work and the ride that I planned on is delayed I think oh, I wish I could hop in the car before I hurry and plan for my next option. But during that time of reaching and searching for the next option -- growth happens. This growth bit by bit over the past 27 years I wouldn't trade. Yes, it hurts when someone acknowledges they just don't feel comfortable with a friendship that includes blindness. However, it has created deep, meaningful friendships with those that are willing to learn, get past that barrier and realize its not really that big of a deal. It has helped me gain confidence and acceptance in who I am and not for others. It has strengthened me. It has given me compassion to know what it feels like to not be included. Sometimes it is hard to realize I missed visually something that was really cool to see. However, I have learned the joys and multiple ways of experiencing life -- hearing, touching, tasting, smelling are all delicious. It has helped me find joy in the simplicity of life. Embarrassing moments - indeed they happen in blindness. I have learned to laugh at myself. What a gift.
I hope someone else finds my blog through those words: Good Life. Retinitis Pigmentosa. I embrace Retinitis Pigmentosa as a teacher ... sometimes a difficult teacher, sometimes an uninvited teacher, but mostly a gentle, kind teacher if I will stop and let it be.