What I couldn’t Fit into 140 Characters on twitter

Growing up, I was always given the impression, I could do anything. Despite my visual issue, nothing would stop me working, living a fully functioning life if I worked hard. No one ever truly prepared me for the immense level of fighting, prejudice and upmost rejection I’d have to face as a blind adult. I’m not going on a pity party rant. I do things and on the whole enjoy my life. But unless I plan to become a high flying lawyer/psychologist/or tech consultant, finding a job in the “regular world” is so unbelievably hard I’d like to know how the government expects us to work when just getting a job is this hard? I know some give up, accept their life on benefits but that’s not me. I’m under no illusion that I’ll walk into any regular job. I often think I’m rather unemployable, not just because I’m totally visually impaired but because most of the time, I question so much, I’m not the ideal employee. So what do I do? I don’t want to depend on benefits forever, so what’s my options? Self employment? Sure, that’s made more difficult by economic issues at the moment but something I won’t disregard completely. So then in what area? Tech training? Nah, far too much competition and people better equipped for that career than I. So then what? I’m working, slowly as it may be toward getting published. Self publishing is easier than ever which makes it ten times more complex. So then another passion. Horse riding? Sure, if I can get into that area, my life wouldn’t be far wrong. But what direction to take and then the attitudes of some when it comes to a blind person working with horses is an issue I’d have to battle. Although, have been pleasantly surprised recently with the level of positivity I’ve faced from horse owners. That’s my feelings that I couldn’t put into 140 characters on twitter. MJ

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  1. That’s what I keep thinking about too. I’ve still got a year, or possibly 2 depending, at school left. Then I want to go to university but after that I don’t have a clue. I don’t want to be a lawyer or any of those jobs you mentioned, like you I’d just like to fit into the regular world. I’m 17 and I’m already facing a huge amount of prejudice as far as finding a job goes. I guess like anything time will tell, but I hope that you will be successful with what you’re doing. There isn’t really any reason why either you or I shouldn’t get a job, but like anything for someone with a visual impairment, or I suppose any disability, the views of other people can be hugely limiting.

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