During Sunsets for Kate I have invited others to share a sunset story. This post is from Julie who has Usher syndrome.
Julie Ferguson from Orkney, Scotland
Where and when was the sunset taken?
This was taken in Japan, somewhere between Kyoto and Tokyo in August 2015. I was on the high-speed railway, the Shinkansen.
Why were you inspired to capture this moment?
This was a moment of beauty, and pride for me. I was coming towards the end of four weeks alone in Japan, three months after being registered blind. I took two weeks of Japanese lessons, travelled the country, spoke to people almost entirely in Japanese, and, most importantly, I relearned self-confidence and self-reliance.
At the moment that I looked out of the window and saw the sun setting, I was relaxed and happy.
Thank you for helping me to remember this.
Like me, you have Usher syndrome. Do you mind me asking what you will miss if you can no longer see?
There are two main things that I would miss if I could no longer see. I love reading, and while I know there are audio books and braille books, they wouldn’t be the same.
Reading has always been my escape.
The other is finding the beauty in small details, to be able to look closer and appreciate the little things.
And finally, you and I have not yet met. If we could meet and share a sunset drink anywhere in the world, where would that be? Wish as if anything is possible.
You never know, a sunset fairy may just grant us this sunset wish!
The sunset drinks would be gin and tonic, made with Orkney gin, the Michaelmas flavour. It’s so good!
As for the location, I’ve never been to Australia but I’ve seen some gorgeous photos of Uluru at sunset, so meeting you there would be smashing.
Dear Julie, I was so pleased when you reached out with your sunset story and agreed to share it here. I love your attitude and being able to learn a new language like that … I take my hat off to you! Looking forward to that G&T at Uluru, though I must warn you, the flies are horrendous!
For more information on Sunsets for Kate, read the launch post, and to catch up on my ‘Out of the Blue’ – finding my ‘why’ series, read the first post.