As I am sitting here watching a remarkable story about 3 children who are fighting a loosing battle with going blind I have tears streaming down my cheeks. Their story, although blindness rather than deafness, is so close to my own. Their thoughts mirror mine... "would anyone want me if I can't see (or hear in my case)?" We are all faced with a confronting challenge, have the fear of the unknown however all have hope... "Having hope is everything". The children are on a mission to see everything they can before they loose their sight to a rare genetic disorder. My brain goes into overdrive, I too want to create a bucket list. The chance to take in as much sound as I can before it's too late.
Recently a work colleague, who was having hearing issues of her own, told me that the thing that she would miss the most is never again hearing her husband say I love you. This is something that pulled on my heartstrings (even brings tears to my eyes now as I am writing) and I am sure it will always stay with me. I have hope that I will be able to hear those exact words from my future partner one day.
So now I too am on a mission...a mission to create a bucket list, something that is much harder than I thought it would be. Besides the obvious ( hearing Kasey Chambers live again!) I have to put some thought into what other sounds I value so I can take those sounds with me into a silent world.