Have you ever considered what it would be like to live a life in total darkness? Imagine that you were born without the ability to see. Things around you would seem totally different. Your sensory perception and how you’ve come to identify your world would be completely changed.
Take the color spectrum, for example.
From early childhood on, sighted people are able to distinguish the primary colors of red, yellow and blue. It’s second nature. For those who cannot see, however, they have no concept of this. It’s impossible to put into words what green or purple, orange or any other shades look like. Try doing it, you can’t. It would be like trying to describe the flavor of salt without saying “salty.”
I wasn’t actually born blind. I could see until I was 12, then I was hit by a baseball between the eyes, which robbed me of my sight.
Sometimes it doesn’ t work.
When I interviewed basketball Hall of Famer Walt Frazier a few years ago, the two time NBA champion turned the tables on me, asking why I mostly stuck to reporting on baseball and didn’t cover basketball that much.
I explained to Clyde that I grew up as a baseball fan and that I know the game inside and out, but I didn’t watch many other sports when I was young and could still see.
This limited me, because I can’t create a mental picture of action on a court as easily as I can on a diamond. That makes it tougher to relate to players and fans from those sports.
Baseball is much easier for me.
I was once hosting my radio show when a young blind girl called in asking if home plate looked like the dinner plates that we eat from, or if it was a different shape.
It was a genuine, heartfelt question from someone who was blind like me, yet who didn’t enjoy the same advantage of having sight for a few years, as I did.
That’s when I realized that I am truly blessed to be able to do what I do for a living and to have had my dreams come true.
I don’t not envy those who have more, or look down on those who have less, I’m just grateful to God to be where I am.