Its holiday season once again
A time when inspiration is lingering in my head
I have a few words to be said.
Are you walking in a world hearing less than you could?
Working hard to do your best
Yet struggling with an issue in disguise?
Looking like everyone else on the outside
You smile the same smiles and nod your head,
Laughing your best laugh in attempts to blend
But not understanding what is being said
Working hard to enjoy social occasions yet wanting to withdraw from the hearing thread
Please no large crowds, drive throughs, restaurants or malls at holiday time
Your brain scrambles to walk through the muffled distorted groups of words – working overtime
You try hard to piece things together.
Here are some kind words to share from my experience
We are not aware of what we cannot hear as we drift into things less clear
So if those who care about and love you share what you do not understand,
Take the steps to get your hearing checked – take a grandstand
You can be sure this comes from observation and concern
As I made my own personal choice to seek intervention and support and learn
I grew tired of being afraid for my future with no action in sight
I was willing to disclose my struggles and frights
To uncover uncover why I felt so confused with a strong desire to just isolate and be alone
I took the risk, and had my hearing checked, no more time to postpone
I found ways to connect!
And this is why I can share this today…
With acceptance, support and intervention and I can say
I feel like I have a better shot at striving beyond just existing in the world
This journey lead me here today
Sharing some hope and encouragement
I want to know what the heck I smiling about when chatting with others. just like you
If I could do it, I am confident you can too!