I’ve had a few experiences over the last few weeks and a dream last night that make me very grateful for the ability to see the world around me. Arguably, this is the most important of the five senses (in direct conflict with touch–think of a child and a stovetop). Although not absolutely crucial, it probably does the most to enrich our perception of the world.
I like to take multiple-hour bike rides. I have seen more beauty from the seat of my bike than I ever could express in words (great way to see beautiful things, btw). I spent several hours climbing 20 miles to see 360˚ panoramas of southern Utah County from the top of the Nebo loop.
I’ve also enjoyed the backside of Mt. Timpanogos while returning from a ride to Kamas (not really a destination people might want to go, but a beautiful ride. Obviously I would not be able to type without some understanding of where the keys are and what I am typing–most easily accessible through sight.
However, I think I would be able to function without sight (not saying I want to). Several times I have acted as though I were blind just to do it. Occasionally, I end up with bruises or cuts because I mis-remember where things are or take a corner too late (and too fast), but empathy is what pretending to be blind is about, right?
Conclusion: be grateful for the little things that you might take for granted.