Yesterday a friend asked me about a unique thoroughbred running and racing in the Belmont Stakes. She thought it might make an interesting blog post so I agreed and jumped at the opportunity. The horse and I seemed to have some commonality. So I imagined if we conversed we would winy and guffaw about how differently we see life. I'm sure we would be fast friends!
Having one eye has made me view life differently from most people. After I lost my sight in my right eye in a water polo incident at age 24, I gradually gained vision. Mostly because I gradually chose rather than see my injury as a handicap or a disability, I viewed it as a strength. When I mishit or missed tennis and squash balls entirely, I felt the frustration of losing my depth perception and balance. While those physical traits dramatically changed, I suffered and struggled to regain my previous ability, but then I learned eventually learned hiw to adjust, compensate and adapt. In the process of adapting, I developed a new and improved way to experience life.
Little did I know at the time, but my life education was just starting. I learned to compensate and adapt. I developed an awareness and awakening to a new and improved way to experience life. Little did I know at the time, but my real education was just starting.
Ar first I thought of myself as injured, impaired, diminished, scarred, scared and even lost, but when I grew out of those limited impressions, it all disappeared. I eventually realized I was given a unique opportunity. One that few could truly relate to.
When I recignized my injury wasn't one; I realized my gift. And from that "accident" over the last 44 years, I entered a whole new starting gate to the human race. My sense of perspective and perception changed over the years. While my impatience in the beginning wanted it all to disappear as if a rapid restoration would somehow restore my self imagine, but self confidence does not suddenly appear. It takes time to develop into being. At least on an earthly plane!
In many ways I was reborn psychologically and spiritually. Maybe I started to explore and examine possibilities and notice probabilities more than ever maybe because of what I lost.
My loss was actually my gain. Like Patch, I too lost to gain strength and opportunities for something new and exciting.
While I believe, Patch may be an underdog, he has a chance not only win to win the 2017 Kentucky Derby, but also to be the first one-eyed horse to win the coveted prize. It would be an interesting story if he is victorious, but actually whether he wins or not is unimportant in the whole scheme of life events. The fact that he has reached this high competitivelevel, is competing in this race is an accomplishment in itself. But what I believe is more important people see him as much more than disabled by fate. In fact, as a crowd favorite, he has many people pulling for him. But I surmise much of his popularity and crowd favoritism derives mostly from their sympathy. Because most people are two-eyed, I would suspect they tend to believe anything less is a handicap. When in reality, one-eyed can be a tremendous strength. Without our knowing the true nature of this equine, how can any of us know Patch's spirit, heart, hunger, even his support team - his jockey, trainer and owner?
Patch finished 3rd in the Belmont!