Top 10 Reasons I'm Thankful for Being Blind/Visually Impaired

Before I go into my list of thanks, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope all of you get to spend it with people that are very close to your heart and take a few minutes to think about or tell someone else what you are thankful for on this special day.   

Before I start this Top 10, because I am the predecesessor to the old and outdated David Letterman, I will ensure that everyone takes this list with a grain of salt.  I don't need any emails or rants about "well Aaron said this" or "Aaron said that."  These are meant to bring a smile to your face.  We all need to be able to laugh at life and laugh at ourselves in order to enjoy life to its fullest.  

Without further ado, here are:


I'm thankful......

#10. At least 1 state values independence for those that are blind.  The state of Michigan is the only state where a blind man can go huniting without a guide.  Yes, that's right, all of you in Michigan take cover because here I come!

#9.  That I could go on a blind date and not have to worry about what the girl looks like because every date was a "blind date."

#8.  For talking gadgets like talking watches that have cool alarm clock noises like the rooster that goes off in public and makes a scene.  I am also thankful for talking phones and all other devices that make it possible for me to navigate so I don't have to ask the homeless man for directions anymore. 

#7.  That I can judge people  on who they are as a person and not what they look like strictly from outward appearance.  

#6.  That I can stare at people and they'll never know that I am looking at them.  This also works the other way though as I often have people weirded out when I am speaking to them and they think I am talking to the wall behind.  

#5.  For gracious people that help read my mail to me.  I love the Massachusetts Association for Blind slogan "Some call reading other people's mail a felony, we call it volunteering"

#4.  That I can walk into my home to dust bunnies and dirt all over the floor but to me its no different than right after the cleaning lady came.

#3.  I can get to the airport only an hour before my flight and get a personal escort directly through security and to the gate while everyone else waits in long lines.  

#2. That I get the pleasure of using public transportation and experiencing the true melting pot of America.  I've experienced Billy Bug Eyes popping his eyeballs out, Darth Vader socializing his "normally" dressed daughter, a girl making a transfer-slip piñata, multiple people talking to demons, men in skirts and many many more.

#1.  That I can make a total fool out of myself playing ball sports and everyone will attribute my lack of coordination to "well he's blind."  On the other hand, I can show my skills and beat people in some sports and they will forever be reminded that "you got beat by a blind guy!"  Its a win-win situation :) 

Hope ya'll enjoyed this blog. Now get off your computer and go watch some football!!!

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