|Posted: Post subject: Are we something totally different?
|I never blended in with my surroundings.
Not at home, not at school not at church, not in the street. Never.
Not even by just appearance.
It was not until I was well into my 20's that I realized I never got the chance to visit a community built specifically for hearing impaired people. So I visited Gallaudet University...
...and what I felt there just cannot be completely described in words.
I never imagined that my personality could be seen as normal and beautiful, and even cool. I complimented them on how beautiful they all were, and how energetic and awesome their ASL was, though I understood maybe the first word of every sentence and little more... Every one I met complimented me on how well I read lips, found my obsessions with them and my overall quirks, personality and desires to be quite normal and admirable, and insisted that I return just to chill.
I know I'm not glowing in the midst of anyone but they made me feel so good about who, what and how I am, just by being the same.
I never felt this in all my 27 years prior to visiting this community.
I felt love and family and... just a sense of acceptance and uplifting energy emanating from the whole estate.
My question is this:
Are we (deaf/hearing impaired individuals) all uniquely similar in the context that we are automatically alike based on what deafness/hearing impairment does for/to our personalities?
For example; patient, positive, concerned, joyful, artistic, accepting?