All my life, I wanted to do things that others said were impossible because of my blindness. As a child, I used to run around, climb walls, and play PlayStation games. I didn’t want to be like normal kids; I just loved to do what I loved doing, and in those years, blindness was not a factor that could prevent me. Not yet.
But slowly, that changed. Somehow I let society dictate what I could and could not do. My perception of my abilities started to shrink, bit by bit. I wanted to study music, but my parents convinced me I couldn’t. I wanted to go to the UK, but my family convinced me that I couldn’t live on my own. I wanted to learn horseback riding. Nope. Blind people can’t do that, either.
But when I was 15, I got fed up by those limiting circumstances. I decided to just do what I loved and fail and learn. That would be the worst outcome, and knowing this gave me confidence. I wasn’t trying to be awesome. I just wanted to do what I loved doing.
So from then on, I changed again. I wanted to study mathematics. Everyone said I couldn’t. But I did. I wanted to study software engineering. Everyone said I couldn’t, and some professors even went as far as acting like i didn’t exist. But I did. I wanted to get a job. Everyone said no one would hire me, but I was hired. I wanted to write a blog, but everyone said no one will read a blog without images, and then I wroteand it proved, to me at least, that people do read posts without images.
Most of the time, when you lack something, people will smartly note all those things you can’t do, and if you listen to them, you wouldn’t ever be able to do it. However, if you have a plan B, it would give you the power to try, and either succeed or learn.”