Tommy Edison was born blind . Darkness was the only life he knew. He learned to live with it. He never showed anger or frustration. But rather he wholeheartedly embraced his predicament and went on with his life.
But even though he accepted it all, everyday was a struggle to fit in, to belong, to be ‘normal’. Although he could do almost anything there was that one question, “can blind people draw?” – render meaningful art? Especially those who were born blind. As if by destiny, Tommy Edison was up for the challenge. He was more than willing to prove that, “yes, blind people can draw’.
And so it was one fine day that Tommy attempted to draw a cat. With a sharpie, a piece of paper and his “imagination” he proceeded to draw. His rendering was slightly off-centered and non-decipherable. But nonetheless, we have to give him credit for his efforts. Next up was a car. It showed promise but then, at the middle of the sketch parts of the car seems remotely unconnected. Last thing was a sketch of himself. It may not be on point but it clearly shows Tommy’s unrelenting belief that he can draw. And for his effort alone, his works are commendable. For we all know how much he tried, how he did his best to please the people around him, to let them know that he can deliver.
People with special needs like Tommy have to try much harder. They go to great lengths to enjoy life like any other human being. We often pity them and see them as helpless. But the truth is they are far stronger and more resilient and accepting of their situation than most people can perceive. They may not have eyes to see but they see through their heart and that is a powerful thing to have.
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