Have you ever imagined or experienced the inability to hear sound? How does it feel like to be unable to listen to your favorite song on the radio? How about hearing the sweet voice of your beloved one? If you have ever experienced any of the situations mentioned, I can't say that I would understand or feel what you feel. I'm not saying this to mock anyone, I'm saying this because I am thankful every day for the privilege of using my senses to full extent.
Attending Special Olympics
I recently attended an event with my wife, that brought children from the local school to participate in Special Olympics. These kids were part of the special education group, and all of them had some form of disability; sight, hearing, vocal and cognitive impairment. This event was organized by the local department of tourism, in cooperation with a few non-profit organizations from the area.
It was organized with a goal of providing these children with an opportunity to experience something unique. Various groups of kids were tasked to perform at this event in different ways. Cognitively impaired kids performed a dance routine, sight impaired kids sang and the vocal and hearing-impaired kids played various instruments to create music.
Surge of Emotions
The head teacher walked out on the stage and announced that the following group will perform two songs, playing instruments like xylophone, drums, cymbals and others. After they all walked out and took their position, the teacher announced that they were deaf and mute. Even though I knew what this event was about, I can't say that I was ready for what ensued.
They started playing like any other marching band, following the directors’ swings of a stick. The surge of emotions was overwhelming and I was lost for words. They provided people in attendance something that they may never have. Joy of hearing a beautiful song that evokes happiness with every strike of the instrument. Being a music enthusiast, I became more aware of the privileges that I got to experience daily.
Patience to Understand
How do they achieve such organized experience? What kind of patience is required for their teachers to get to do this? How many countless hours of hard work did they go through?
Even now, as I am writing this, I am unable to comprehend the extent of the efforts that were put into organizing these kids. One of my major goals in life is to have patience. Patience to understand that what I have should be cherished and that I need to be thankful for everything I got.
We sometimes do not get to see the other side of life, where people don't dare look into. That side should be not be feared of, but respected. These kids were given a chance to do something in their life. They were shown that there's more to life. Most importantly, they were treated as equally as the others.
Stop and Listen
We live in a world full of judgement, hatred and rejection. Instead of looking on how to judge others, we should consider how we can help those who are less fortunate. Next time when you hear your favorite song or the voice of your loved ones, imagine how would it feel like being unable to hear it ever again.
Remind yourself that you have been given a chance to do good, so next time when you get an opportunity to help others, go ahead and do it. Respect the ability to hear and speak, and use those abilities to do good. If you ever catch yourself being alone in a quiet room, stop for a moment and listen to the deafening silence.
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