…………..ok, the whole quote is “So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.” no real bonus marks for anyone who can tell me what film, character and about what as those who know me will have a big head start on my readers without the insider knowledge but amuse my indulgences any way.

This phrase point of view, is a unique perspective to think about. I have spent many days out in my wheelchair frustrated at not being able to see the price on tills, reach card machines, look over bars in pubs and clubs, spoken over to the person pushing me like I cannot answer for myself and so on and so forth, the list is endless and although things are improving lots more education is needed to make people understand, accept and help those who have barriers in life. I for many years was guilty of falling into the trap of viewing my chair as an embarrassing thing, and still today when out and about I spend the time apologising to others for being in the way like they have more right to the path than me presumably because my chair takes up a lot of it, or maybe it is because I have been conditioned this way.

Anyway there have been many breakthrough moments and epiphanies along my journey, one was my mate Shaun getting me back down the snooker hall I have been going to for 25 years, and I am sure there will be many more. One came recently went a lady called Camilla, who I met on the virtual blogging world (you can find her blog Camilla’s Keeping Myself Busy and it is well worth a read) commented on a photo I took as part of a Photography 101 blog course. She loved the view I had taken of Wymondham Abbey below, and the conversation went along that since I am in a wheelchair I spend a lot of time looking up at the world. She commented what an amazing point of view I have on the world as when she is out taking images she often finds herself crouching or lying down to look up at sculptures. I guess having seen my chair negatively for many years I had never considered it to be anything more than an inconvenience until the last 2 years. Having someone else comment on how amazing a point of view I have on the world really made me think. It’s funny isn’t it, we all take things for granted, we all think we could/would/should change to fit in with society and we all I guess lose sight of what we have. Her words however have been another epiphany on the journey to self discovery as life as a disabled dad in the 21st century and have helped make me see that a new interest/hobby that I have with my photography and “from a certain point of view” my view of the world is not a bad view to have.

Ants view of Wymondham Abbey
Ants view of Wymondham Abbey

4 thoughts on “From a certain point of view…….

  1. I had no idea that our first conversation made such an impact! πŸ™‚ But yeah… I think I understand what you’re saying. Despite not having any physical disabilities I also live through a situation that I can’t quite change and that I see as something negative and it keeps me down. I struggle every day with fighting anxiety and depression because of it. And it’s hard… yeah.
    My fight is to do what you do and try to find positives in my everyday life.

    Now, reading your post, I think you should start a photo essay on your point of view. I think it would be a great way to help people become more aware of the needs of people in wheelchairs. Can you see where I’m going with this?

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    1. I know, it just goes to show how such a simple comment to one person, is a massive boost of positive thinking for another. I instantly added your comment to my list of blogs I must write as it really got me thinking.

      I like the idea of a photo essay so that it highlights the needs of people in wheelchairs, I think it needs plenty of thought and preparation as there are some things that many people get right and it is equally important to celebrate and share these as it is showing the problems we face. Nonetheless your comments had a profound impact upon me and I am more positive that my photography will improve as will my well being as I look at my images with a fresh outlook πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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