Monday, June 24, 2024

Mountain Biking but Make It Blindfolded

 Daniel Kish and what he has accomplished, with what I assume is with the encouragement of his parents, is simply amazing. I agree that regardless of your (dis)ability you can and do whatever your heart says to do. Reading through the first chapter of our text, I was quite literally and remain amazed. I just don't think I could do it. For Mr.Kish and his friends this is their reality and they have so well adapted to and learned echolocation. I imagine if I were invited to mountain bike, anxiety alone would cause me to run into a tree and get very hurt. Now, I don't imagine Mr.Kish would put me on a bike with a blindfold immediately. Perhaps he would work with me to build up my skill before the real test, but for some reason I just don't know that I could trust myself. In the example of briskly walking down a hallway, while reading notes and drinking coffee I feel a lot more experienced. In fact, I may even be a pro at hallway navigation while not directly paying attention to where I'm headed. 

I'm wondering, what are your thoughts? 

1 comment:

  1. It is quite exciting to see Daniel Kish's accomplishments in mastering echolocation and live an active, adventurous life in spite of his blindness. His narrative serves as a powerful reminder of the extraordinary capacity for human adaptation and the strength of persistence, which are frequently fostered by supportive surroundings. Even while it makes sense to be nervous about taking on something as difficult as mountain biking while blindfolded, Kish's methodical training approach emphasizes how important it is to gradually gain confidence and competence. Your ability to multitask and maneuver a corridor with ease is evidence of your own aptitude and flexibility. It serves as a reminder that, like Kish and his pals, we can frequently exceed our own expectations with enough time and practice. Even in the face of initial hesitation, taking up new challenges can result in pleasantly unanticipated growth.