"Do you ever feel invisible because of your blindness?" That was the question Doug asked me. I laughed and said, "It's funny. I am the one who can't see, but, often, it seems the other way around."
I went on to explain what I meant...
Often when I'm out with Phil — you know, like at a party or having coffee — someone will ask Phil, what do you want to drink? Phil answers. Then, they will ask Phil, what does she want to drink? It's like they're the one who can't see that I'm right there perfectly capable of answering that question!"
Doug sighed. "How do you feel when that happens?"
I told him how much it used to bother me. It made me feel insignificant and lesser.
I fight that with blindness anyway. Sometimes, people think that because I can't see, I can't think! But, actually, I have realized that it's really less about that and more about the fact that they feel awkward and don't quite know how to get my attention or relate to me.