What (if anything) do I wish more people knew about me?

I was thinking about writing some journaling prompt-inspired post on here for a while, and finally I’m getting to it, although it probably won’t be very long.

I chose to do a prompt from The Year of You by Hannah Braime which goes like this:

“what do you wish more people knew about you?”

Well, since just like I said I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, I could also think it through very thoroughly. And my conclusion is, I’m not sure there is anything of particular importance that I wish more people would know about me. Because what would that knowledge change? What would they be to do with it? I guess, if anything, it would only make me feel more self-conscious.

Having more people know things about you could be useful only if, along with the knowledge, they would also gain some understanding. Then, my answer could perhaps have been a bit different. But that’s a really high expectation to want people to understand you as we so often don’t even understand ourselves, and can often be very complicated beings to understand for one another. While it would make a lot of things easier for me if people could just understand, it’s not something I actually expect them to do.

Thinking about it some more, however, made me come up with three things that I think would be nice if people knew about me.

The first one is that, while I am blind, it doesn’t mean that I am good at the same things, or can’t do the same things, or should be able to do the same things, or like/dislike the same things, or am somehow otherwise similar to some other blind person you happen to know. I don’t assume that you are the same as my Dad just because you both are sighted, so that you too surely must enjoy all things automotive like my Dad does because YOU TOO CAN SEE. πŸ˜€ Similarly you. Why would you think that, for example I need to be a great musician/have a guide dog/have an extremely good sense of smell/be able to live completely independently/not to have my own eyes/always be smiling etc. because that’s what the blind person you saw on the telly was like? Being someone with quite a strong sense of individuality, such assumptions drive me absolutely nuts, and they are even a bit of a thing in my extended, or not so very extended, family, as my gran for example has this kind of mentality. It is also, to a lesser degree, present even among people who work with blind people, which probably drives my Mum even higher up the wall than me lol. I’d like to get rid of that, and so that automatically all the other blind people could get rid of the problem in their lives too, and any other disabled communities where such a thing is a big nuisance.

The next thing is kind of related, and is not so much about me as me, but it would be really good for me too if people were able to know that, at least on some basic cognitive level. Namely, I’d like people to realise that not everything they see and consider obvious, is always actually the way they see it, because there may be a whole lot of stuff they don’t see, which doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. And similarly, not everything that you think you see may necessarily be what actually is there, this is just your way of seeing things.

The third thing, in turn, is slightly and rather indirectly connected to the second thing. It’s not necessary for people to know about me, it won’t change anything either for me or for them, and I don’t think they’d also need to understand it but I guess it would be fun if people knew, just for the sake of knowing, maybe it would somehow enrich someone’s life or something, who knows. This thing is that I have a very rich and interesting brain life, even if it doesn’t necessarily seem like this, because, after all, how does it show on the outside that someone has a rich brain life? It used to be my coping skill, and still is, of course, but now that I’m generally doing better in life it is also simply a pleasant thing and just a way of escapism or recharging or entertainment and the like. Over the years, I’ve created a few imaginary worlds, some quite well-developed, some less. Also I have fazas as most of you regular people on here probably already know (if you don’t know, fazas are very very briefly and basically how I call my very intense fascinations on people, the Polish word faza means phase or stage), and I have synaesthesia which brings me a lot of sensual joys. So yeah, my brain can be a jerk but it can also be the best source of entertainment for me. And I think I’d like people to know that because I wish more people had Brainworlds, it’s just a lot of fun so why not share it.

And how about you? Is there anything at all you’d like more people to know about you? If so, what would it accomplish, in your view, or what do you hope it could accomplish? πŸ™‚

7 thoughts on “What (if anything) do I wish more people knew about me?”

  1. What? You mean all blind people aren’t exactly the same??? Yeah, people love their stereotypes.

    I think one of the things that’s interesting about being inside one’s own head is that no one else has the whole picture and knows everything about you. I’m quite content to just toss out extra bits and pieces here and there as seems appropriate.

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    1. hahaha, yeah, some people seriously do.
      It is indeed interesting. It would be unfair to expect people to understand the whole picture too when they don’t get to see it. And it would be a bit scary if we could just know the whole picture of what it’s like being in someone else’s head, scary for both parties I think.

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  2. Wow, your inner world sounds quite enriching!! I used to have such a world, but I think it faded as I got older.

    I’m guilty of stereotyping all the time! I have to meet someone first with a given condition, and then I realize that everyone with that condition isn’t the same!

    Your perception too is interesting, because you’re more aware than the rest of us that what we see isn’t necessarily reality. It’s mindblowing to think about it, but you’d have to be blind from birth to have that extra awareness, and it’s fascinating to me.

    Hmm…. things I’d like people to know about me… I guess I’d want people to understand that I mean well, even when I’m lashing out (which I hope I’ve gotten better about, but who knows?), and that I want to be a good person. I also wish more people knew that my eccentricities (like my over-the-top love of colors) aren’t scary! It just makes me unique, but it’s not something people should freak over.

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    1. I think it is normal to stereotype a bit kind of automatically when we know little to nothing about a person or about a group of people, I think we all do this and in a way I also think this is a natural human behaviour because we have to imagine someone/something somehow, and stereotyping helps with that, or that’s how I think it is anyway. It gets bad when people cling to these stereotypes for dear life and won’t let go no matter what.
      I didn’t really write about that seeing/not seeing thing in a literal sense, I was trying to say more generally that our perspectives are different and the way you perceive other people or things may not necessarily be what they actually are, and there may be a lot that you’re missing. But, I don’t know, perhaps it’s indeed somehow different for me than most other people.
      Your eccentricities most certainly aren’t scary! Don’t know why anyone would even think so.

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  3. I agree with your points. There’s nothing others need to know, as they must concentrate on knowing themselves first. I believe people will come to know things about us when it pertains to them and there’s no predicting when or if that will be. And yes, it’d be great if people didn’t assume the norms or previous experience because that minimizes our true quality.

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