Emma Tsoi (DGS
18th December, 2011 Feelings and Comment on “Dialogue in the Dark” Activity Today was my first experience of a physical disability, a physical disability that separated me from the light of the world and a physical disability that blinded me from the colors of life – blindness. When I first entered the exhibition corridor and received my blind man’s pole, I thought to myself, “This isn’t going to be that difficult – at least I can feel my way around.” I was proved wrong. Once I stepped into the first exhibit – The Forest, everything went pitch dark in a split second. The next thing I realized was that I had nothing left, except the hand of my friend Sally, and the guidance from the Tour Guide, Jan. After a while, I tried to calm myself down. Since I didn’t believe that I could not see anything at all, I opened my eyes and I blinked continuously to focus on the objects in front of me. When I finally found out that I could not see anything at all in the blackness, I decided to use my four other senses like Jan told me to, to feel the environment around me. I was amazed by the smell of the pine tree, I enjoyed listening to the noise and chatter in the market stalls, and I even went on an adventure across the harbor on a ferry, feeling the breeze winnowing across my face. The most unforgettable experience was definitely eating biscuits and carrying out money transactions in the dark. It felt blissful just to sit down and chat with my friends, especially because I felt helpless and scared in the dark. During this activity that lasted for around one hour, I realized that I didn’t like the darkness that surrounded every aspect of my life. In fact, since I couldn’t even manage visiting a cinema, how could I endure this physical disability for my entire life if I were blind? Although it may sound cliché, I feel that I am very fortunate to be a physically-able teenager, to be able to take part in a wide range of sports and music activities, as well as to spend time with my friends in different parts of the city. Yet, I believe the true question lies in whether we give the adequate amount of love, care, and attention to the blind in our society. I remember how Jan’s voice and clear instructions soothed my chaotic mind when I lost my directions in the dark. It was her who brought me to the correct seat in the cinema when I sat on the wrong spot. It was also her who guided us from exhibit to exhibit. Although we were slow, scared, and clumsy in the dark, she never failed to lead us through the obstacles one by one.
but it makes one able to see and hear from the heart. I was impressed by how the blind tour guide could lead us through the whole experience in the dark. I learnt the meaning of truly cherishing what I have at the moment through this insightful activity.
. I felt like she provided me with comfort and protection. Blindness may make one unable to see by the eyes.Emma Tsoi (DGS)
I also remember my friend Sally. When I shared my feelings with her and enquired about the environment around me. which was what I needed when I did not trust the people and things around me. who walked with me throughout the activity. All in all. when she herself did not have the chance to see the colours of the world.