Over the last few days I've been nothing but busy. It started out with an unexpected call to photograph a wedding on Saturday, which went great. During the ceremony the weather was lovely and the couple was cute. On Saturday, I also enjoyed sometime with my nephew. On Sunday, I went to a car race which went great, even though the gate I was to guard with other volunteers had been moved to another spot where there was more noise but I made it through the day surprisingly well. Seeing the “Red Bull” formula 1 driving around the race track alone was not to be missed either. The past few days I saw both my brother on Monday and then hard working on the wedding photos. Yea busy days and then it is always a challenge to figure out what to write about and this time – again – I found inspiration from a tweet from Richard Branson (Owner of Virgin Atlantic): "Why can’t we continue standing together after the Olympic Games are over?"
This evening (Wednesday 8th August 2012), I just saw the men’s handball game between Sweden and Denmark, whom I was rooting for but sadly lost to Sweden by two goals in the last second. All the Olympic Games will be over this weekend and two weeks have flown by, not only watching a few games on television but also real life in general are coming back. I have to admit I agree with Richard Branson, why is it that we all can gather around games, if we look away from the heated moment when you lose or something in that line we are still gathered around to enjoy those games. We talk about it, we follow the athletes, we cheer on the games, we even cry when something good happens or even sad when the one we rooted for didn’t win or just couldn’t make it through. Is that not the same, we experience in the deaf world, where we all want so much and just about the same, but the way it is to be done is different? Where is the passion for each other when the games are over, when real life comes back and it starts over again? Are we so one minded that we can’t continue the happy get together and enjoy each one just the way we are? Sadly, I have seen it not only in “normal” hearing world, but also in the deaf world and I just couldn’t help but wonder, why does for instance a deaf club have to be driven in one specific way if there are some who doesn’t like it? Is it not possible to mend so all can be together united in one case we as deaf people at least should agree on: we are human just like everyone else; we just need the understanding for our hearing loss? Can’t we find something that we like to do together and make it an option for others to take part in? The last few weeks when I was in this youth deaf club it became a matter of who was most popular and what was most up-to-date event to do for deaf, even though those who had asked for the event wouldn’t show up to support it. I sure hope it has turned for the better since then and I really could wish for the same out there in the big world. Yes, we are all different and all want different things in our life, but should that stop us from being one, one voice one union with our hearing loss? Or am I naive in wishing for something just as good for the deaf community which you find in the hearing world? Or have I not been open minded enough to see it all? I do know and hope I am open minded enough to take part in both worlds, even though I don’t do sign language, I can’t hear everything, but I can still see and feel what goes around me.
Just take the handball game Wednesday evening, there was no caption (the guys would be way overloaded with the reporters shouting their excitements all over the speakers) while the game was on, I didn’t catch all what was said, but I could still see the game and see what happened. And I sure as any normal hearing person were cheering loudly (sorry neighbors…) when the Danish men handball team scored or if something went against them, once the game is over and I’ve taken a cup of tea and calmed down, I am just like any other person, who have just watched a game and sadden it didn’t go the way you wanted for the team, but still feel proud how far the team went, even if they didn’t play as well as in the European Champions handball game. But that’s not the end of the world, another team won and then one have the option of following that team and see how far they get in the game. Or you can say: C’est La vie and move on, but still with the same spirit that made you see the game or watch how it all unfolds.
The world is big and maybe a big mouthful to handle. But the Olympic Games should at least remind us all: we can be together and have a great time. Forget who won most medals; forget who had the most contenders in the games. Look around you and remember what bought you here? What made you watch the Olympic Games? Or the Games for handicapped people for that matter? I watched it because I admired the hard work those athletes put in, to participate in the Games of Olympics and it made me connect with other people who had the same interest or found I had the same interest, which only made the connection so much more bonded.
Is it game over then or…?
The Quiet Photographer