Mad or Just Taking Hold of Life

I’m going to sound like a big old wimp in this post but I don’t mind telling you, I’m not ashamed of it. I’ve been offered a role to work on a test event for the Para-Olympics. It’s what the Olympics committee are doing to ensure the games go without huge disasters, kind of like a rehearsal. I applied to volunteer last year and got my acceptance email last week. I’ve found somewhere to stay in London for a relatively good price and near to other people who I know. The problem, well, not problem really but the fear factor for me at this point is that it’s the other side of London to where the Olympic village is. Or at least that’s how it seems. This worries me but I’m told by my VI friends that its pretty straight forward to get from A to B. Not sure that eases me much. As a blind person, I like to know where I’m going and get there on time. These are places I’ve never been to before and I just have this fear of getting hopelessly lost. I’m familiar with Manchester now, and know of Land marks to get me somewhere, and know there’s assistance of some standard that can pull me out of sticky situations but I want to make a good impression on these people and not sure if I’ll be completely stranded during the actual test events. I’ve just called the support centre and they’re going to get back to me but still it’s worrying. I want to be able to do this volunteer role to the best of my ability, and I don’t want to rely on someone too deeply either but know in some respects I will need to. Bailey works well in new places, I’m lucky I have an adventurous dog but I’m not always sure of where I’m going. I just hope that this is not a complete disaster and I don’t fall in the Thames or something ridiculous. London is a huge place and I know virtually nothing of it. It’s quite scary. No, it’s very scary but something I must do. I guess I’ve gone to the unknown before when I went to the US, but I was 19 then and had a bit more confidence, now I’m not so sure. Oh well, going to go and see about tickets to London now. Still scared. Thought writing this blog may help. Hugs MJ

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