It was dark at night, where people feel quite uncomfortable, because of power cut at the foothills of Nilgris. At the same time, there was a girl, sitting in her study room, reading her English book, in the dark. Never mind if there is light or not, she continues to read her books where she was using her finger to read, instead of her eyes. Why she doesn’t need light in the daytime and at nights when the whole world is addicted to using light at night? Does she do any magic? Does she has any super natural power?
The one answer I can give you all, for those questions, in just a word, she is “BLIND”. Yes, I am Tiffany Brar, a Visually Challenged. I found light for my life in darkness and my disability never stopped me in searching the vision for my life.
As a young blind girl, I was practiced to read and write in Braille at blind schools, by my school teachers. I used to hear from my friends who are near to my home, about, the way they read using printed books & write using pen and pencil. I found my way of learning is quite different from them. Did I use pen and pencil? No, I either used Braille machine or slate and stylus. Could I see printed letters? No, I was able to touch only the raised dots in braille sheets. The role of light doesn’t play a very big role in my life, but the darkness did.
At times, I felt am I different from the whole world due to my disability? Later on, I realized I am born here to change the whole world and that my ability to read in darkness, give me an optimistic look of life to look other people by removing their darkness, even though I have no vision in my eyes to look around.
My question is “why don’t we root the positive in each and everyone’s life instead of searching the negatives in them”? Why don’t we love and accept others with their strengths and weakness?Why don’t we break the barriers and traditions that are followed blindly, which doesn’t help the community which we are living? Why don’t we smile and acknowledge others at least for a second, which can cause a tremendous change in others lives?
The darkness that covers the whole world according to me is not poverty or unemployment, but the darkness which prevails in the minds of people those who doesn’t take a minute to stand, see and admire the beauty of the goodness in other people. To overcome this and to bring a revolution, I started Jyothirgamaya Foundation, for empowering the blind. I train my blind students in personality development and soft skills. I train my blind students to find their light and the purpose of their life.
“A candle loses nothing by lighting other candles”. My blind students are my candles who peak to different parts of the world, removing the darkness of other’s life and thus bringing a change. They approach others and spread the message of “key to light form darkness”.My disability never stops me in spreading this message to the entire world. Loss of vision never puts my self-confidence down.
Yes, I am blind, who reads in darkness, can never see the light, but I am here to spread the light to the whole world…