3 Ways Living with Vision Loss is like Thanksgiving

Photo shows a green pot on the stove with lid lifted to let steam escape.Living with vision loss can be as puzzling as figuring out the appeal of turducken. If you’ve never experienced it, you’re going to be in for a few surprises. Thanksgiving has the potential to be surprising, too. Here are some ways Thanksgiving reminds me of dealing with low vision:

  1. Plan ahead, but don’t be afraid to improvise. Tasks may take longer than expected. Ingredients or instructions may go missing. Something or someone’s attitude might get burnt to a crisp. Creativity and flexibility will help you deal with unexpected delays and situations. Focus on what counts and let go of the impossible quest for perfection.
  2. Families can be supportive, but in close quarters we sure know how to irritate each other. Don’t assume. Instead, ask people what they prefer to avoid sticky problems. Giving people the benefit of the doubt when you hope they’re doing the best they can is in the spirit of Thanksgiving. Being grateful for loving family members and friends is, too.
  3. Trust your gut. When you leave your comfort zone, listen to your instincts. Stop if you feel overwhelmed. One bite at a time at the festive table and in the world. When you take a chance and try something new, it’s okay if it doesn’t work out. Later, you can walk it off and consider the bitter as well as the sweet.

Thanksgiving requires a lot of effort for one meal. Long lists for the grocery store. Last minute errands to run among frazzled throngs of people. Travel logistics to figure out. But if it’s a meaningful meal shared with people you care about, it’s worth it.

What do you think about Thanksgiving? And for my readers who aren’t American, do you celebrate something similar? Tell me about it.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Celine says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to the whole fam!

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