I Just Had the Coolest Afternoon!

cookeWow.

Okay, I just had an awesome afternoon. Today I met with a woman who works as a naturopathic physician who is totally blind. I mean, WOW. It’s one of those times that reminds me that my visual impairment is NOT an excuse to not do things! I mean this woman is a doctor! She went through classes like gross anatomy and diagnostic imaging with no eyesight at all. How amazing is that?!?! It makes me feel like, yes, I can do science stuff, and there are all kinds of alternative techniques to do visually-intense things, in school and in life.

She also invited me to a group of blind and visually-impaired knitters and I’m going to do it. I’m good with my hands, and that is something that I’ve always felt that if I were taught how to do, I could really do by feel. So I am going to go get my knit on and be a stitchin’ bitch! It’ll be really nice to get connected with the visually-impaired community too. I’m psyched about that!

I came away from that appointment feeling really fired up and inspired. I also felt SO affirmed in my decision to attend school rather than that program in CO. She had some insight about that and it totally backed up the feelings I was getting about things. I still want to make a post about that someday, about groups and organizations and their “central dogma” to use a bio term, but feel I need to really carefully consider my words b/c I am worried about the response. Anyway I felt like I learned SO much from her today about what I can do to succeed in science classes. She keyed me in to some really great strategies and techniques, and she’s local so I feel like she’s someone I could talk to if anything came up. WOW.

Not to mention, if I haven’t already mentioned, there is a visually-impaired chemistry prof at my school, who just happens to be the brother in law of a good friend of mine from Orcas. He helped me move in even! So I just have to say, it’s yet another thing that makes me feel like I am SO GLAD I am here. I feel like Portland is just teeming with resources. And I was kind of in a funk, so this inspiring afternoon was just what the doctor ordered! It really is good to remember that whatever I choose to do in life, the eyesight is not a good enough excuse not to. I mean hell now they have blind people working for NASA, and there is a woman in WA who is working hard to be an FBI investigator even though she is blind. So it’s like, fuck yeah!

The coolest part was, this was a chance meeting in a way. One of the presenters for my one-credit class a few weeks ago said something that made me want to ask her a follow-up question. The class is huge, so I waited at the end of the line to talk to her and when we met, she asked me about my eyesight and I said yeah I am visually-impaired, and she said, “Oh I have to connect you with this person I know, she’s brilliant…” and so she called me a few hours later with this woman’s contact info, and we talked and decided to meet this afternoon. It was just awesome! This seems to be the place of chance encounters, let me tell you. There is a crazy story about how a girl I know who used to live on Orcas randomly met the director of the company that put on my India program, and they bonded over the fact that they both knew me, and then there were some other WILD coincidences with that. Just makes me feel like I am in the right place!

Okay well, I have to get ready for class. We have our second exam on Monday, on much harder material but still I am going to fucking ROCK IT!

Currently Listening:
“Someone Else’s Life” – Joshua Radin – I still don’t know what to think of this guy. It’s like I can’t tell if he’s really emotionally sincere, or a real tool. I mean, I like him a lot but I do get a feeling that something is lacking somehow, some element of rawness or depth or intensity or something. Still, I like. A lot. And he worked with Tori, a major point in his favor in my book!

Somehow
I’m leading someone else’s life
I cut a star down with my knife

And right now
I still see the way the moon
Plays this tune
Though our lights died.

My hands shake
My knees quake
It’s every day
The same way.
Cos then came you.
Then there’s you.
I keep your picture
In my worn through shoes.
Then there’s you.
Then came you.
When I’m lost,
I look at my picture of you.

And somehow
I’ll make tonight our own
I’ll show you every way I’ve grown
Since I met you

And right now
I’ll be the boy in your next song
I’ll learn the parts and play along
If you let me.

My hands shake
My knees quake
It’s every day
The same way.
Cos then came you.
Then there’s you.
I keep your picture
In my worn through shoes.
Then there’s you.
Then came you.
When I’m lost,
I look at my picture of you.

If you let me,
I’ll show the world to you.
Yes, if you let me,
I’ll know just what to do.

Cos then came you.
Then there’s you.
I keep your picture
In my worn through shoes.

When I’m lost
In your eyes
I see a way for me

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5 thoughts on “I Just Had the Coolest Afternoon!

  1. Chrys, No matter where you go, who you are with, you will always have community. You draw people to you.You have no idea how happy YOUR happiness makes me. Bless the great afternoons, the aced exams, the kind professors and counselors… Peace, Linda

  2. I completely echo Linda's beautifully expressed sentiments…couldn't have said it better myself. And I'm so excited to hear you're taking a voice class! You'll love it. Keep shining on, li'l sis! :-)

  3. It is very interesting for me to read that article. Thank you for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.

  4. Okay so I started off looking for info on the MCAT and ended up scrolling a whole ton of your posts, and somehow ended up all the way here. But your comment on Joshua Radin made me laugh at 4am on a Just-before-Friday. You are brilliant and hilarious, and I would love to have you as my doctor.

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