If you were blind…

“Imagine if you were blind, complete darkness. No colors, no views, no beauty, just pitch black. If you were blind, ask yourself how badly you would want to see.”

If you want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you want to do something, and there’s no way, you make one. You create it.

“If pushing yourself to your limits could give you sight, would you do it? If there was a cure would you let anything stand in your way? Would you listen to the haters and the critics to see again? Do you really want to succeed?”

This is what makes the difference. This and nothing else.

Most people, they kinda-sorta want it. Most people, they prefer to wish for future comfort rather than pay the price to achieve what they want.

But if you were blind?

If you really, really wanted it?

If your life depended on it?

“Would you really care if they mocked you, laughed at you, pointed at you or bad-mouthed you? Would you be concerned about your extreme goal or just embrace the extreme work? What if you had to learn hurt, trust pain, and embrace struggle, would you still be concerned with being realistic? Would you still figure your odds and calculate your chances? If you had to spend more time planning your work-outs and less time planning your weekends, would it even be a tough choice?”

It’s all a mental game. Your mind will play tricks on you. Your mind will tell you to stop.

All that you are is all that you will ever be.

Your mind will tell you that it’s impossible. Even before you attempt it.

Why bother?

You’ll fail anyway.

Better to play it safe. Better to follow the crowd.

“If the cure for blindness was humility and pain, would you go for it? If the cure for blindness was looking foolish would you risk it? If seeing again took a fight, would you start swinging? If the cure was doing things you can’t do, would you attempt them?”

We are all great. We are all heroes. We are all magnificent and brilliant and more intelligent than any other creature before us.

But if you don’t push yourself, if you don’t destroy all the fears that you have created all these years, all the people who told you that you couldn’t do it and believed them…

Do you really want it?

Life will test you. A thousand times. Life will test you if you really want it. If you are willing to sacrifice who you are for it. Comfort, sleep, food…

If you are willing to lose friends over this.

If you are willing to be misunderstood…

“Do you really want to succeed? Then choose to be blind and do whatever it takes to see. Because if you don’t, then you are just blind anyway.”

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2 thoughts on “If you were blind…

  1. I wouldn’t make such an effort to see, but I might to hear if I was deaf. As I’ve said many times, much as I like the visual arts, much as I value being able to see the Bucovina and Yorkshire landscapes, it is music which is most important to me. To not be able to hear Beethoven, Schubert, Pavarotti, Angela Gheorghiu, among a thousand others, would be a real disaster for me so I might strive to hear them. It’s interesting that for most loss of sight is the most disastrous which, in UK at least, leads to sight charities being supported far more than hearing charities.

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