Imagine living in a dark, silent world.
No sunsets. No music. No children giggling, no hens clucking, no listening to your partner breathing softly. No Van Gogh. No books. No watching the waves crash onto the rocks during a storm.
No sound. No light.
But maybe not.
I don’t know about you, but I find it almost impossible to imagine such a world. In fact, my mind recoils from such imaginings because so much of who I am is bound up in how I see and hear the world.
I find joy in beautiful music, in the beauty of nature, in sunrises and sunsets and smiles on people’s faces.
That’s our world, and that’s normal, for us.
So it’s easy to forget there are people out there who cannot see or hear any of our world.
Many people classed as “deafblind” have a little sight or hearing they can use, but a few have none.
They live in a dark, silent world. I can’t even imagine how lonely that could be at times. I don’t want to imagine it. Selfish? Perhaps. But natural, I think.
Because I can’t imagine that life, and how anyone could find meaning in it, I was surprised when I started learning about Sense – a charity that supports deafblind people. I was surprised to learn that deafblind people can – and do – live full, fun lives filled with love. They can go to school, to university, to a job, get married, have children, travel…
Is it more complicated? Hell yes. But perhaps that makes the rewards even sweeter.
I was also surprised to learn there are all sorts of causes of deafblindness. Some kids are born that way. Others acquire it. I don’t know what would be worse: to never know what a sunset looks like or music sounds like, or to lose it.
Either way, it opened my eyes. And ears. So to speak.
And this coming weekend, I’m walking 26 miles along the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire with Joe and my friend Jenn and two of her colleagues. It’s a long way, and it’s a tough walk. And we’re starting at midnight.
We’re doing it all to raise money for Sense.
From time to time, I depart from selling my own business and put in a request for sponsorship instead. This is one of those times, so if you could spare a few quid for a very good cause, I would be most grateful. You can donate here.
If not, that’s cool too 🙂 Thank you very much.
Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.
PS This is a cause that’s pretty dear to me, because I am very short-sighted. (Don’t bother telling me you are too, I’ve never met anyone who even comes close to my prescription. It’s one competition I always win!) There’s always a worry in the back of my mind that one day my sight will deteriorate and I’ll lose it completely, and that fills me with horror.
I struggle to see how I could want to live in a dark world. Charities like Sense show me that there’s plenty of life out there for everybody.
Which is why I’m supporting them.