If I Could See, Would I Want To?

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!

I hope you’re all well. I don’t really have anything new to tell you so let’s get on to today’s post!

Being able to see is something that I think about and wish for a lot. To experience the sighted world as a sighted person would be pretty amazing! if you’ve read my post on What I Wish For As A Blind Person In A Sighted World then you’ll know that being able to see is something that I truly do wish for.

So I thought whilst reflecting on this I’d do a blog post on the pros and cons of what I think being able to see would be like. My honest opinion on this would be yes I 100 % would love to be able to see, if I could experience the sighted world I definitely would.

When people ask me if I had the chance to see would I go for it their reactions are always different. Some are surprised that I would do that, others agree with me. So it takes me on to this post, here are the pros and cons that I think blind people would have to consider if we had the chance to see. Obviously these will be different for everyone but I thought I’d discuss a few of them.

 

Pros:

I’d be able to see what my family and friends look like.

Descriptions are all well and good, but it’d be great if I could see for myself.

 

I would have the option to learn to drive.

I know driverless cars are in the news lately but there’s a bit of controversy about them and who knows when they’ll be on the market. So, if I could see I wouldn’t have to have a driverless car or rely on public transport or to be taken everywhere.

 

I could go where I wanted, when I wanted.

Not that I can’t do this now because I can and have the freedom/independence to do so but the thing is us blind people have to learn routes either with a cane or a guide dog. I’m not complaining about this because it gives me the freedom to get out and be independent but I’d love not to have memorise directions and places.

 

I’d be able to see the beauty in this world.

That is honestly one of the things that I want the most. I’d love to be able to go to new places and see the tourist attractions, the nature, the sunset and all that stuff.

 

 

Cons:

I’d have to learn to use my 5th sense.

Using my hearing, taste, smell and touch is all I’ve been used to so would I be able to adapt to seeing things? More than likely but who knows? I know people have to adapt to losing their sight and I honestly do admire them.

 

I’d have to learn to write everything in print.

It’d be like going back to school. Now I know that when people lose their sight they have to learn braille but it’d be very strange either way.

 

I’d have to learn what things look like.

I’d have to retrain my brain to establish objects etc.

 

I may lose the skills I’ve learnt because of being blind.

I may forget braille or try to read it sighted rather than touch.

I wouldn’t also be able to write this blog and help other blind and visually impaired people.

I’ll have experienced many things that they have or know how they are feeling but I wouldn’t be able to help them to the extent that I do now which is something I love.

 

The surgery might not work.

I’d have got my hopes up for nothing and I might lose the little sight that I have and that I am thankful for.

 

You’re probably wondering after picking this to bits would I still want to be able to see. My answer is still yes – I hope that one day I can experience the sighted world as a sighted person.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. As always feedback and post suggestions are most welcome!

 

Hol x

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16 thoughts on “If I Could See, Would I Want To?

  1. As you mentioned, every blind persons pros and cons to this argument would vary widely so it’s nice to read your variation. My answer would be the same as yours. I would jump at the chance of regaining perfect vision. There would be that feeling of trepidation however. The thought of losing the sight I have left scares me senseless.

    My list of pros and cons also look a lot like yours. One pro I would add however would be having the ability to offer my children more freedom when playing, especially outside. They don’t have to go far until I can no longer see them or what they’re getting up to. Letting them have the freedom to explore the world while being able to ensure they’re safe would mean so much to me.

    Thank you for writing this post, very thought provoking. Keep up the good work.

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    • Thank you. I really like what you came up with and can only imagine how hard it is for you. Don’t let that stop you, you are just like any other parent

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  2. Thanks Hol I find the thought of being blind very scary and I am full of admiration for you . and my Granddaughter Rhiannon Sarah who also lives life to the full and is blind

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  3. Thank you for sharing this post in #ShowcaseTuesday #linky and welcome to The Blog Centre blogging community, hope to see you here on a regular basis.
    You are very inspiring – thank you for allowing sighted people to have a glimpse into your world.

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  4. Great post Hol. 🙂 If I were in your position I would have similar thoughts about it. I do sometimes get asked if I would have surgery to give me perfect sight. And if it were 100% guaranteed to work then it’d be tempting, of course. But as I can see reasonably well and it hasn’t stopped me achieving things, it doesn’t feel like a big priority. I feel I’ve got more to lose than I have to gain sight-wise, so I’ll be happy as long as my condition remains stable. But if it starts to get worse then, sure, I’ll want to stabilise it and keep as much as I can. It would be frightening to lose it all.

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    • Thank you so much Glen 🙂 I 100 % agree with everything that you’ve said. I honestly think that I use my light perception more than I realise I do and it would be really scary to lose it all. As long as things are stable that’s the main thing 🙂

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  5. I love this post! I especially love the fact that you’ve made it clear that not everyone’s thoughts would be the same on the matter, but listed your pros and cons! I wish that for those who would want to, could take a magic pill we could take
    To have Sight for the first time in your life, would certainly need a lot of psychological training/3 training and support.
    It is very interesting to read other people’s thoughts too xxx

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    • Thank you lovely 🙂 yes a magic pill for that would be great! It’s an interesting topic as everyone is different xxx

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