What is darkness to you?
You would say “that is simple, darkness is the absence of light.” But it is not that simple if you have to live a lifetime in darkness. I mean literally, what if you wake up tomorrow to find out you have lost your sight. The solemn power that you had to savor this life, the source of light to guide you through every move and direction is simply taken away from you. You don’t see any color, the faces around you, not even your own reflection in the mirror. The world is just a pint of nothingness. Can you survive?
I cannot imagine how I would have come so far if I had to lead a life without the light in my eyes. But life itself plays so many wonders and the people with beautiful minds who we get to meet in this short phase of life can inspire us so greatly.
Working as an Actioneer few days back, I got to meet this wonderful boy named Rahim through the action STEP-UP. He has only 40% vision, so now you can imagine, right? The world he lives in is a very struggling one indeed. He comes from a very conservative poverty driven family living in Dohar. He is currently a fresher and yet he runs the errands, which not every guy of his age can be seen to be responsible for usually. In spite of his disability, he has never thought of giving up the hope of living a normal life.
After talking to him, I get the idea that he is a true fighter, fighting in the battle of life with a hope he will win all the obstacles one day. He has ten siblings, six of them are almost blind. But Rahim didn’t think blindness can make anyone stop to reach the goals of life. As he continues with his studies in the Braille system, he encouraged his siblings to study in the Braille system as well. He brought two of his young brother and sister in Dhaka, so that they would get better opportunity in life. He believes education alone can free us from a handicapped life. Besides his studies, he is working as a computer operator to teach other blind pupils in an organization. Thus with the limited income he runs his expenses and also the expenses of his siblings and sometimes the family. But he is not yet giving up. He dreams for a better life and now mostly he dreams his siblings will be independent one day overcoming all the obstacles that life has chosen for them.
I got to know from Rahim, even if they want to study how limited resources they have for their education. As the govt. blind institutions don’t update the Braille books according to the academic curriculum very regularly, it is very expensive for those who still want to continue their studies in the Braille system by other means. Despite of all the obstacles, the zest of life in his words and his dedication for his blind siblings is a source of great inspiration.
I believe if we can all be united to support such honest dreams of people like Rahim, the world would be a little less harsh place and we can all enjoy the harmony of peace and solidarity.