Blind Girls See

"See with your heart and soul.  Be Here.”    – Nysha Charlene 

Summer in Minnesota


The world is full of more beauty than we are capable of seeing in our lifetime. At the early age of 24, I’ve fallen in love with so many little things in life and there is so much that I haven’t seen, felt, heard or even imagined in the world. It’s so amazing to travel and let yourself be open to the things of the world that are outside of what you’re used to. Learning to cope with Stargardt’s disease has made my life experiences so much more meaningful. I feel like I was blind before and now I see. Even my own neighborhood feels like a new and wonderful experience. How sweet it feels to travel!

People who travel and gain exposure to other cultures can grow to be more relatable. It also makes you a little more selfless. So many of us think the world revolves around us… It doesn’t. There are people better off than you and there are people worse off than you. There are people who find happiness in ways you have yet to consider. A little traveling can open your eyes. A person, who sees with only his eyes and not his heart, misses the details of beauty. The more I travel, the more I embody love, and the braver I feel. Yes, as a legally blind woman who has struggled with asking for help, and also as a human being in a new place.

Don’t worry about finding someone to travel with you. There’s something special about the time spent alone in an unfamiliar environment. The world has so much to teach and you may be surprised at what you might learn about yourself. I learned that I really love to write. I had many random encounters with different kinds of people this summer. For the first time in my life I decided to write about them. The short stories I wrote were so interesting to me. It was almost as if I had not lived the experience but only read about it. And that’s only one thing I learned about myself this summer in Minnesota.

What is Minnesota like?