What it feels like to be blind for two days. Today I finished the ConsciouslyBlind experiment. (Video)

In preparation for an interview with a  great man…

LIMITLESS

ParaOlympic Judo Champion
Father and Husband
“He is the most positive and Uplifting person I know.” Vadim Turcanu
Oleg is mentioned in Vadim’s book ‘No One’s Business’ as the silent mentor and motivator that kept him going throughout his journey.

Although Oleg managed to succeed in our world of sight, 20 years ago fate opened another world for him. One that we, who are able to see with our eyes, know nothing about.

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This man fought against all odds.
Exactly 20 years ago to this day, in a tragic accident he lost his pregnant newly wed wife and at the same time his sight.
After battling a nervous breakdown and desire to end his life, he managed to turn his life around.

Video documentary about his story here (currently only in Russian)

Video of the interview which reveals some of Oleg’s signature character features – humour and confidence Here

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The interview took place at RadioW.O.R.K.S.World, Intelligent Migrant Man Show

My ConsciouslyBlind experiment was deeply moving and I’d like to thank all of those who participated and supported the challenge! We have created a greater awareness of the issue surrounding blindness and we are moving in the right direction – one little step at a time!
National Eye Research Centre
Donate here

This has been a revelation! We do indeed live in an amazing world! 

Credit to Oleg Kretsul, Vitaly Gligor, Marina Nani, Alex Turcanu, Margarita Kultysheva.
You can watch the interview on the RadioW.O.R.K.S page.

Please support this cause and take the challenge – it will enrich your life and be worth the time!


 

The effect of this experience has profoundly impacted me! It has brought the most unexpected insight!

Preparation

I decided to stick to my usual routine albeit blindfolded.  After all, why would I not do it for charity. I was only going to be walking with a mask on, I could write something about it, surely.

I first prepared my uniform for the day by writing the name of the experiment and the charity on my white T-shirt, and the blindfold mask.

Justgiving.com offered an easy option to channel the charity funds directly to the cause.

So here is what I observed…

First were the uncomfortable feelings:

Waking up not knowing whether it is still night or day and not being able to check the time without asking.

The first reaction was to look where the clock is or who and where is on the bed – so it required hand tapping

Not being aware of the surroundings: clothes, water when thirsty etc.

Even your own house that you are used to requires guiding through.

In the bathroom, I surely could not find my toothbrush and toothpaste, also getting into the shower without help.

As every move requires so much brain processing, I had no desire to move anywhere else, so I waited in my bed for my son and wife to finish their morning routine.

Very uncomfortable feeling when you cannot just have a look and see/navigate what you intend to do, which came rather stressing.

Not being able to look into my phone to see who is calling, check emails, texts or any other websites – my iPhone was useless in my understanding. I asked Alex to read the senders and subjects of the text, WhatsApp messages and emails that had arrived, just to check if there is nothing that could not wait for two days. If there was one – I just dictated the response and he wrote it.

In general, the uncomfortable bits were those that we taken for granted but currently unavailable: watching a movie, driving, eating procedure, seeing surroundings, using your phone at full potential, those little things that we are so used to but do not comprehend that we have them.

And there were those beautiful unknown things, those that we are not paying attention to and do not observe – things so satisfying and pleasurable in their own way. Giving new experiences and possibilities…

On Sunday I had a meeting in the afternoon so we hit the road at about 10am in order to have a breakfast in the town before the meeting.

I would normally drive as the walking distance to the place where we decided to have a breakfast is about 40min and than another 30min to the place of the meeting.

Although the walk blindfolded would take slower than the normal walk and it took at least twice the time – I have never enjoyed the walk more than at this particular time.

It was great to be so present and listening acutely to every my son was talking about, without being distracted by anything else or anywhere else. No visual distraction, no phone distraction. The experience has revealed or created a surprising amount of responsibility and care from my son’s part towards me – nurturing and accommodating actions of a fully grown person, which is a pleasure to realise!

I was surprised by the theatre of tastes when eating. Paying attention to the structure of the chewed bits and taste of each of its ingredient.

I realised how much care and love my son has for me, despite the process being really tiring for him. It was great to see how people are helpful, although unsure whether I’m actually blind – still making the way or giving up their sit on the train.

Although I went along the familiar roads, I still felt lost and confused of the surroundings and had to fully rely on my minder.

Despite being blind folded – I still had a static picture in front of my eyes at all times which changed slightly throughout the day.

The acute hearing got me reacted to every sudden noise.

It is definitely a time when you trust someone with your life – and that is a big thing.

The visual creativity is not limited by reality, when touching and hearing.

I realised that by not having the visual temptations for beautifully presented good – I’m eating exactly what my body asks to put in. Not bothered what I’m dressed in or how my hair looks.

And my favourites: there is no visual aided judgment towards those strangers that speak to you; you are somehow not hooked on what you are doing tomorrow or next hour but instead, only thinking and listening to what is happening now;

It is a sort of a sixth sense that is being explored in the process…

IMPORTANT FOR THOSE WILLING TO TAKE THE CHALLENGE. YOUR EYES AFTER SOME TIME IN THE DARK MAY BE AFFECTED FROM A SUDDEN BRIGHT LIGHT. PLEASE TAKE THE MASK OR WHATEVER APPLICATION, AT NIGHT SO YOUR EYES WILL GET GRADUALLY USED TO THE LIGHT AS THE MORING SUN RISES. 

 

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