12 Collabs of Christmas – DAY #4 – Look At It This Way (Ft. L)

Bonjour 🙂
Today I’m here with a piece of writing that I think everyone should read and learn from. It really shines a light on the way we treat people, not just those who have special conditions, but everyone on general. It was written by L (londonblind) and I really want to thank him for taking the time to write this for my project 🙂 Hope you enjoy it as I did!
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Well hello there, blogosphereians.
**As you probably don’t read my blog, I suppose I should clarify that blogoshpereians is an endearing title I have given to the people of the blogging universe.**
My name is L, and I was kindly taken up on my offer to write for this epic blog. May I mention what a brilliant blog you’ve chosen to read this fine day/night, Sir/Madam? You likely know very little about me, but if you do, then well done you! For those less fortunate, I’ll list a few interesting facts about me below, labelled in a non-numerically ordered list:

24. I like Italian food
6. I’m from London, England, UK
1. I’m super excited for Christmas
102. I don’t like cheese
69. I’m blind
2. I write a REALLY good blog [I never said these facts were ture, did I?]
41. I love to read, write and listen to music
19. I travel a LOT by train

Look, OK, I acknowledge that this post is currently making me look like a little bit of a crazy, rambling idiot with a really bad sense of humour. [Oh wow, I’ve literally just managed to sum myself up without even trying – GET ME!]

I wanted to write about point number 69. [If you can’t remember it, feel free to go and find it again, but don’t forget to come back and keep reading. I’ll put in a pause, so you can quickly nip back and check what point number 69 was.]

You back? Awesome!

So, I’m blind. I don’t let that get in my way, because to me, after all these years,it’s just a way of life – my way of life. Things are different, and I go about performing every-day tasks differently, in a way that’s easier for me, and in a way which enables me to be independent. I use a white cane – I’m sure you’ve seen them before; they’re the long white sticks that blind people sweep in front of them to detect obsticles or people [they’re one and the same really]. When people see me using my cane out and about, they usually come out with one of the following responses:

A] “Aww, you poor thing. I feel so sorry for you; you’re such an inspiration to everyone around you” [Extreme cases of this response have before led to strangers wanting to hug me, or to give me £20 notes.]
B] “Look where you’re going, will you? That’s my bag you’ve just fallen over!”
C] “Oh wow, that’s so interesting! How do you watch TV?” [Or something similar]

Although response A [it was so tempting to write number A then] can improve my finances, and response B can allow me to let off some steam by shouting at someone, I actually prefer it when response C is what I’m greeted with. I prefer it, because it shows that people aren’t completely ignorant. It demonstrates that they are interested in what I have to brng to the world, and they’re interested to learn about how a disability can make you think and perform daily tasks in a completely different way. However ego-boosting being called “an inspiration” is, it’s not the response I want. I wish to be a normal participant in society, not someone who stannds out because I do things differently due to a lack of sight. That in itself has had me called inspirational before now, but that’s quite ironic considering that’s the response I’m trying to get away from.

Sure, I’m happy to explain to anyone who’s interested how I live my life differently; how I do things differently because I can’t use my eyes to aid me; how I have adapted some every-day equipment to aid me around the house. I have no issue with that, I just don’t want to be called inspirational, because I’m not. I’m your average teenager, just living out my life on the internet, and reading more books than you could find in a library. Hey, that’s me: WhatsApp and books… I like that.

If any of you guys hae any questions for me, whether it be about what I’ve written here or not, I’m open to emails, tweets or Kik messages; you can get in touch by:
Email: cwarned@yahoo.com
Twitter; @CWarned
Kik: CWarnedL

I hope you’ve enjoyed this guest post, and if you haven’t, don’t worry, because normal service will resume shortly.

Don’t forget to check my blog out:
lifeofblind.wordpress.com

L XX

12 Collabs of Christmas – DAY #2 – My First Time Tag! (Ft. mydailyinkling)

Hello! We’re back with day #2 of 12 Collabs of Christmas!
Today I’m with mydailyinkling, and this is the second part of our ‘My First Time Tag’! You can check out the first part on her blog by clicking here.

Let’s go:
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16. First favorite book

mydailyinkling: My first ever favorite book that I remember was the Junie B. Jones series. I used to read every book and at least twice. 

Me: my first favorite book was Sans Famille by Hector Malot. I was about 8-9 when I read it and it was just wow.

17. First character you wanted to marry

mdi: The first character I remember wanting to marry (in a tv show) was Ron Stoppable from Kim Possible. I used to think that I would marry him and it made me really jealous of Kim Possible. However, I also wanted to be Kim Possible, so I was really faced with quite the predicament when I was 6.

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Me: Hermione then, Hermione now.

18. First time you failed in class

mdi: I never actually “failed” a class. I didn’t do well for a long period of time in a few classes, but I never failed. The one time I do remember not doing so well was in the third grade. According to my parents, I apparently almost failed but the only reason they didn’t hold me back was because I was switching schools.

Me: neither did I! I was always a top student. My grade never went lower than 15.6, and that’s on my worst. However, I do remember some minor failures in small tests. I once got 5/10 on arabic dictation in around 4th-5th grade, and even though I passed I was crying in the way home. So pathetic I know.

19. First award/honour received

mdi: When I was in the third grade, I was a cheerleader. The very first award/trophy I received was a little cheerleader trophy from that year. I was one of the best on the team and they gave me a trophy for it. I was so proud of my 6 year old self. 

Me: our school does something very cute where they make a graduation ceremony when we finish kindergarten (yep, we’re in the same school from kindergarten till senior year). So I guess my first honour was this certificate:

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20. First country you visited outside your own

mdi: I have, unfortunately, never been outside of the country. I really hope to visit Nicaragua with my nana and do a mission trip with her soon. I really want to go to Australia, also.

Me: SAME. I want to visit pretty much the whole world. France, the UK, Australia, the US, Spain, Italy… One can only dream.

21. First time you lost your parents in a store

mdi: I don’t particularly remember loosing my parents in a store, like the first time it happened. However, there’s a joke between my parents and I about Target. See, somehow, every time we go into Target, my step-mom always ends up getting separated from my dad and I. We spend a good majority of our time there just looking for her. So we try to keep a close tab on her when we go. 

Me: I don’t really remember the first time either, but I do remember that it happened more than once. One time I vividly remember is when I panicked and went through all the isles and asked strangers and I was just a kid. As usual, that lasted for about 15 seconds.

22. First time someone you know died and affected you

mdi: I just lost my grandfather less than a year ago. He was the first one I knew in my family to pass away. I called him bop-bop and he was my step-dad’s step-father. He and I weren’t particularly close or anything, but I did love him. I’m still getting used to just saying nanny instead of nanny and bop-bop.

Me: I remember when I lost my grandpa, so vividly. I remember being at his house with my cousins just a day before and not having a clue, I remember my dad telling me the next morning while I was still in my bed, I remember seeing mom on the couch, not crying, just sitting there with the saddest if smiles. I remember then seeing glimpses of her hysterically sobbing in my grandma’s kitchen while my other grandma tried to pull me out of the mourning house and take my mind off everything. 

I just don’t remember saying goodbye, because I never did.

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23. First thing you do in the morning

mdi: The very first thing I do when I wake up is turn off my stupid alarm. But then I usually come out and sit on the couch for about 10 minutes and fall back asleep. Then I’ll wake up again and grab my phone. I usually sit on my phone for about an hour or so before I finally start school work (cause I do online school; so I get up at 8 and start at 9).

Me: go back to sleep.

23. First test & grade you’ve had this semester

mdi: First test of the semester was a test I took in Spanish and I made an 85% B.

Me: I think it was a math test and I got 10/10. THAT DID NOT REPEPAT ITSELF FOR THE REST OF MY MATHS TESTS.

24. First time you met an online friend in real life

mdi: I have never met an online friend in real life. I’ve never gotten too close to my online friends, simply because I’m not allowed to have social media.

Me: me neither. There aren’t even many people to meet, you just kinda feel like you know everyone. Also, I think it’d be super awkward because obviously I am (this isn’t a very awkward blog for nothing).

25. First phone you broke

mdi: I got my first phone at 13, an iPhone 4. I had it for three years and never dropped it one time and then my step-mom dropped it and it shattered the screen, only about 6 months ago.mIt still worked, though. And then I took it on a road trip with me during the summer and I dropped it in a red solo cup of Dr. Pepper… But I also just cracked my new phone really bad a few weeks ago. I’m getting it fixed this weekend.

Me: I never broke a phone, but I assisted to many breakings. One of the most notorious is when we were like 7 and we had just gotten a new phone and my little sister tried to look inside the screen. Literally INSIDE it. I don’t think details are necessary here. Let’s just say we had to throw the phone away afterwards.

26. First social media account

mdi: My biological mom let me have a MySpace when I was about 7… Bad parental mistake on her part, but it didn’t matter cause I never used it. Then my biological dad and my step-mom let me have a Facebook but that only last about a day before they decided I still wasn’t old enough. Then at 13, when I got my iPhone, they let me have an Instagram that only last about 2 months. And now I’m social media-less…..

Me: I think it’s Facebook. I was 8. Literally all my friends had facebook at 8. Parents had no idea back then of the dangers of the internet, because quite frankly we had JUST found out about the internet and it was the cool new thing (we’re talking Lebanon here. It’s a miracle we got internet before our twenties).

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27. First thing you ever googled

mdi: I don’t remember, oddly enough. It was probably something like Ron Stoppable’s age or something, haha. Or like, cute free puppies in [state name]. I really don’t know but I’m sure it wasn’t “How to conquer the world in three easy steps.”

Me: people know that? I really don’t remember. It must have been ‘games’, though. Yeah, I’m pretty sure it was games. I’m also pretty sure I was so amazed that there were so many games online and even thought it was a prank at first.

28. First time you won something

mdi:Hmmm… I probably won like a Minnie Mouse at a fair or something? I don’t know.

Me: um… Who knows. I was very cute so I probably won people’s hearts when I was a baby.

29. First blog post

mdi: My first blog post was an introduction to my blog, lol. My second one was my attempt at writing a short story. I didn’t really get into “blogging” until recently. My first couple posts were writing and such. I didn’t start blogging until September, and I started my blog in July.

Me: it was on the 27th of July, a day after my birthday. The post was actually written the day before, but I didn’t even have my blog yet. I was just so pissed off at everyone at the time and thought ‘this is it. I need to blog.’ You could still read it I guess.

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30. First time you got on stage and had your own role

mdi: I did dance when I was 9-11 and I only danced in about 5 recitals. But, I never had a solo. We were working on a duet with a younger friend of mine before I had to move. I was so looking forward to that duet because after a duet, you typically got a solo if you’re good enough. And I. Wanted. That. Solo. But I never got one.

Me: we all participate in year-end dances in kindergarten so I guess it was then. I also got a narrator role when I was in grade 2. And then last year I said two of my poems in a poetic night. But the first time to perform in a play/sketch is THIS MONDAY AAARGHH ME AND MY FRIEND ALONE IM GONNA SCREW UP.
OH AND I ALSO HAVE MY FIRST SOLO NEXT WEDNESDAY IM DEAD.
YAY!

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Yas that was it! Thank you for reading 🙂 and since this is a tag let’s tag some people:

Elm
My Tiny Obsessions
ateenagediaryonline
Keira
maddi1paige
crap

And lots more of you but I have tons of work to do and can’t be bothered to tag everyone because I’m bad like that
(So basically everyone is tagged. Yes yes even you fortunate peasant)

Hope you enjoyed that and that you’ll do the tag 😀 See you tomorrow!

Hi. Would you like to be famous?

Then do a collab with me!!!!!
Just kidding, you won’t get famous probably. But it will make you happy tho!
I’m looking to do as much collab posts with fellow bloggers as I can by next week, for a certain reason that will be revealed next week.
I’m really excited, but I still need many bloggers to join me.
It could even be a guest post, I wouldn’t mind at all.
Also, I’ll post on your blog too if you’d like! Do you need a better deal than that?! Ugh I sound like telemarketers.
So anyway, please let me know in the comments or by email (anthony.p.gemayel@gmail.com) if you can collab with me.
Important Note: Do. Not. Be. Shy! Even if you’re reading my blog for the first time and have no idea who the hell I am, even if you’re new to blogging and feel a bit insecure… Don’t hesitate! It’s the holdiays! Be jolly!!
I am way too excited. Whew. Calm down, me.
Anyway, goodnight! I’m waiting for you. Hope you participate!