Most people see blindness as a bad thing. A disability. A curse. Something they’d not want to have.
But it’s not… not always!
What most people fail to realize is that there are actually some perks to being blind.
Seriously. According to a couple of blind people I know, there are!
If you don’t believe me, read on.
16 Benefits of Being Blind
1. You don’t get asked to help people move.
2. You don’t have to be the designated driver… ever.
3. You can read in the dark – if it’s in Braille.
4. You don’t have to buy light bulbs or have a night-light on your bedside table.
5. You save money on your Hydro bill.
6. You get special treatment or bonuses.
7. You don’t have to be the map-reader when travelling with friends on a road trip.
8. You can avoid looking at unpleasant things, like a gory accident, or something else that’s disgusting.
9. You’ll never get asked to paint or wallpaper a room during home renovations.
10. You’ll never get asked for directions.
11. When you ask for directions, most people will be friendlier.
12.You don’t have to decorate.
13. You save money when buying a smaller TV or phone, because all you really need is the sound, not a big screen.
14. You can’t see that spider on the wall. You know, the one that’s inching closer to you right now.
15. You can use your blindness as an excuse to get out of doing certain chores (even though you are perfectly capable of doing them yourself).
16. You don’t have to put up with dirty looks from others. How can you? You can’t see them!
More Blind Benefits
There are some benefits to having blind friends, too, and also some perks to dating a blind guy.
Benefits of Having a Blind Friend
You can roll your eyes as often as you want, and not be judged.
You can flip your friend the bird (give him/her the finger) when you get frustrated with him/her… and you can even laugh about it.
You can lie to his/her face about the new outfit he/she loves, even if you think it’s hideous.
Benefits of Dating a Blind Man
You never have to worry about a bad hair day, or wearing make-up.
Your socks don’t have to match.
You can walk around naked without being self-conscious.
You can pretend to be taller by wearing heels.
You can say you’re a blonde, even if you’re not. How’s he going to know?
Benefits of Dating a Blind Woman
They are pretty much the same as the benefits of dating a blind man, but when you date a blind woman, you don’t have to wait forever for her to fix her make-up or her hair, or try on 50 different outfits before she decides upon one that is simply “perfect.”
You also don’t have to wait for her to apply polish to her fingernails. She’ll have already had someone do it for her. (Of course, that person might be you!)
If you have a lot of pimples on your chest, you can play a game (or trick) on her. Just tell her you created a special love message in Braille for her, and see if she can decipher it!
You will never awaken to screams for you to kill a spider. (Unless she feels one crawling on her!)
My Personal Benefits of Having Blind Friends
Surprise, surprise, you are actually reading a guest post from Max’s editor and friend, Lorraine Reguly. (You might have known this already, but in case you didn’t I felt obligated to tell you now, as the rest of this post won’t make sense unless you are “in the know.”)
Now, let’s move on.
When I interviewed Max last year, I learned a lot about him.
Max introduced me to Kerry Kijewski, too, whom I also interviewed. Kerry is a blind blogger who loves to write and travel, and is known by two alternate names: The Insightful Wanderer and Her Headache.
Kerry has a blind brother, Brian, who wrote a song about the perks of being blind. You can listen to it on Soundcloud, at this link. Just ignore the ending… it’s not part of the song!
Through knowing Max and Kerry, I’ve learned that sighted people take A LOT for granted.
Max and Kerry, ironically, taught me to see. In fact, they inspired me so much that I wrote a poem about this experience. This is the biggest benefit I’ve gained from knowing them.
They also helped me with this post. (Thanks, you two!)
Feel free to get inspired yourself by reading My Blind Friends Taught Me To See.
You’ll be glad you did.
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Can you think of any other perks to being blind? Feel free to answer, even if you’re a sighted person!