In this blog I’d like to share another project I participate in each week outside my InnerOrigin business.
You may or may not know, that I am blind. In March of 1993, I found out that my retinas were dying as a result of a genetic and hereditary condition called Retinitus Pigmentosa.
Prior to that year I’d lived a normal life. School and rugby league when I was a child. After leaving school and getting a job, drivers license and forklift ticket; I worked at a wreckers, service station, motorcycle centre and in warehousing. All in all, life seemed to be going along okay. After I achieved the forklift ticket I had made plans around gaining machinery tickets and then travelling anywhere in the world.
Well, you can plan but not predict!!!
Here I am near 30 years later and working from home, blind and life is not as I planned. However, the sun gets up everyday and I can’t lay in bed all day as it will get messy!
In 2003, I joined a business club. I participated in several roles in the club and on it’s dissolution in 2012 I had filled the role of President for the last financial year. March of 2009 I participated in a fundraising walk up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (You can read the blogs about this walk on the GFH website). On returning from Southern Africa I also took another journey to be a high achiever in Karate – this is something I’m still participating in regularly today.
Over the last couple of years I have embarked on a mission to help normally sighted people have a clearer understanding of my life as a blind person. This started as a result of my experiences of walking in my local shopping centre and local community.
I found that many people would stand quietly in one spot when they saw me coming. If I occasionally bumped into them we would have a discussion as to what they could best do in that situation.
Another time I heard a young child asking their mother what, “that man was doing with the stick.” The mother told the child not to stare and to keep walking. I walked over and politely asked permission to explain to the child what the stick was for.
I have many other stories similar to these.
When these situations arose I would post on local community Facebook pages. A friend suggested creating my own dedicated Facebook page – #tipsfromablindman which I have now done and each Wednesday afternoon, or evening , I post a tip for the week.
These #tipsfromablindman attract a lot of likes on the community pages and so now with the page #tipsfromablindman you can follow and learn something new each week about how I do the things I do, including some of the technology I use and humorous tips – for example about waiting in line at a store where there are lines on the floor due to the COVID distancing requirements.
Several articles have been written about my recent journeys in life. I also have had several radio interviews asking me why I created the page and the engagement I now have in my local community. Here’s a link to the latest radio interview – Tips from a Blind Man 2.
People recognise me and are willing to engage with me and other vision impaired and blind people to assist them in their tasks which is a really positive.
Aside from my #tipsfromablindman I work with a commercial cleaning company on the phone, am an affiliate of InnerOrigin and love sharing in the wellness industry. I don’t know of another online eCommerce store where they have a Product Advisory Board who accept, or don’t accept, where the ingredients for the products are sourced as well as checking on the farming and business practices of where the ingredients are sourced. All in all – too many other benefits to write about here.
Your body is am amazing thing! So many systems working harmoniously together – InnerOrigin products can help you take care of them for you to live a longer and more prosperous life. If you’re interested, please connect with me and we can discuss further. Alternatively, read some of my other blogs regarding being an advocate with InnerOrigin
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