Blinded by the Light
by Wendy Keller
My friend Robert texted me today. He wrote, “I seriously just don’t know if I’m strong enough to go blind.” He’s a PhD candidate at a prestigious university, in his late 20s. His disease is genetic, aggressive and heart breaking.
I texted him back “I can’t begin to fathom what you are feeling. But I do know that if someone had asked me the day before my children were killed, I would have said I couldn’t survive it. And that was 1991.”
Amazing the variety of traumas humans survive. I’ve noticed that it comes down to a choice: deal with it and make the best of it, or give up on life.
People have been going through whatever we’re going through for milennia.
It’s sad. It hurts. It’s not fair. It’s an outrage. There is no huge payoff for surviving tragedy that I can see. I would much prefer my children back than to be told I’m a “better person” now. But that’s not the hand I was dealt, so like Robert, I have to decide how I’ll deal with my life’s challenges.
So do you.
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