Reading this blog post by Deafinitely Girly got me thinking about how people perceive me.
I have a multifaceted life: I’m a husband, father, son, brother, solicitor and a manager. I’m also Deaf.
Now, if I was to go out in public, and meet a stranger (I’m thinking hearing), what’s the first thing that would come to mind about me after having a conversation and finding out a few facts about me?
“Oh, he’s Deaf.”
“Oh, he’s a solicitor.”
“Oh, he’s married and has kids.”
I bet you, they’d find themselves more concerned with the fact that I’m Deaf.
That brings us to another point; the combination of the words “Deaf” and “solicitor”. I’m sure some of you won’t be surprised to learn that the moment people realise I’m both these, the normal reaction is: “Oh really!? Wow! That’s amazing!”.
This just proves Deafinitely Girl’s point: that the fact of being Deaf is always predominate in people’s minds, and they often find it difficult to think of me in any other way.
What does that say about our society? I’m sure the same is true for other individuals who are “different” in some way. Hell, even I’m doing it, because I’m reinforcing the idea that some people are “different”.
Right, this is getting a bit too deep for this time of night. G’night!