The challenge: be blindfolded for two days, go to a coffee shop and order a hot chocolate, talk to a stranger, buy something at the groceries store, play guitar.
My shin is bruised after someone moved a chair into a stupid place and I collide with it. I screamed in annoyance “Who the fuck keeps putting shit in the middle of the room?!”
I was not the most popular person this week. I always needed someone’s assistance, either to walk somewhere or to help serve me food. I hated relying on other people for my wellbeing. Two people bailed without me knowing, on their promises to walk me home from the coffee shop, leaving me stranded.
I tried my hardest to be independent, doing as much as I could alone.
Music and food were my only joy. Both of which I needed help getting. I was bored and unhappy most of the time. Everything I did needed to be planed out, from going upstairs to eating a bowl of soup.
The most fun I had was meeting someone named Matt (a visitor who has staffed similar programs to the Adventure Semester). I had no idea what he looked like. First, I felt his face. It didn’t help. I talked to him about his interests, I guessed what music he likes what food he eats. I got a really clear image in my head of who he was. A vegan runner who doesn’t own a car and listens to fleet foxes.
He was way more fun to talk to than the people at the coffee shop. One conversation went like this:
Stranger: “So, do you think your other perceptions are stronger?”
Me: “Yea, when I went outside I smelled weed super strongly.”
Stranger: “That’s just Colorado dude.”
This experience was really intense and I don’t ever want to do it again. I am so happy and grateful to have my sight.