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People are fascinated by differences. Deep down, most of us have an endless supply of questions for those who rock different skin colors, speak with a weird accent or go through life with some kind of disability. An overwhelming majority of the time, however, it’s inappropriate to ask these questions; so, we keep them deep inside and hope we eventually have a friend we’re close enough with to ask.
Luckily for those of us who don’t have a close blind friend, YouTube all-star Tommy Edison is here to save the day. In the past, he’s answered a slew of specific questions related to his disability including what it’s like to draw, what his favorite noises are and my personal favorite, what weirds him out about sighted people.
This week, he decided to go a whole lot more general by answering one of the questions he gets the most. What was it like to grow up blind? Well, the truth is that’s all he’s ever known. His parents really went out of their way to treat him exactly the same way as everyone else, and like any other kid, he was sometimes teased for what made him different, in his case his serious lack of vision.
If nothing else, the best thing to take away from this video is how important it is to have a sense of humor about yourself and to just roll with the punches. Life is fundamentally unfair, but if you keep a smile on your face and look at the positives, there’s no reason why you won’t be able to adapt to your surroundings and find way more smiles than frowns.
To check out some more of Tommy, you can out the video below about doing magic tricks for blind people…