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    The New York Times CompanyFrank Bruni11/2/197 min
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    • Pegeen
      ScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      If you need perspective in your life, a cup of inspiration, a valuable lesson - read this article. “...I found myself thinking less about my blindness in my future and more about the blindness in my past.”

      • Jkloundy1 year ago

        No, really.....it's my biggest fear, more than death...... I do not know why, but the thought of being blind haunts me.

        • Pegeen
          ScoutScribe
          1 year ago

          Maybe it’s the fear of the unknown, of dependence, of losing our identity. I have always felt that way about becoming paralyzed - how could I live without being autonomous? What has always floored me is how incredibly resilient we are as a species. I saw a story recently on 60 Minutes about an architect who went blind. He went on the reinvent himself as a specialist who created structures that were completely compatible for sight impaired individuals, which is a huge part of our population. His innovations were so revolutionary that he was sought after by all the most famous creatives. He said that becoming blind was a “gift”, that he felt his life all the more rich and purposeful. That if he had the choice to regain his sight, he would not choose it! It was beyond comprehension, this man’s passion and drive. I was in awe of his resilience. We have greatness inside of us that we don’t even know is there until challenged.

    • TripleG
      Reading streak
      1 year ago

      Wow! A powerful truth how the body can adapt and the mind changes for the better!

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScout
        1 year ago

        Yes! LOVED this. This is the quote that really stopped me in my tracks:

        “We’re an unfathomably adaptable species. But you learn that only when you’re forced to adapt.”

        • tdsimpson901 year ago

          Love that quote!

          • Karenz
            Scribe
            1 year ago

            Hard for me to read this article because blindness is one of my worst fears. So much of what I enjoy is visual. But when the author said he could still run with his dog, I thought, OK, life can still go on. Also the focus on what I can still do, not what I’ve lost—one of the secrets to a more gracious aging as well.

            • Jkloundy1 year ago

              I know, I think it is common to fear blindness but I am disturbingly afraid of waking up blind. I am not so sure how "adaptable" I would be. At first I was hesitant about reading this but I am glad I did.

    • tdsimpson901 year ago

      Yes! This! This is so good, and so true!