by Jessica Krebs
When I lost my hearing in the sixth grade I did the only thing that I could think of. I built up a wall between me and the world. I knew doing this would be the best thing for me to do. The friends that I had before I lost my hearing started drifting away from me because they didn't know how to talk to me. When they tried, they got frustrated and gave up. I was hurt and I knew making friends was not worth it, so I just stopped trying. I wondered why out of all people I had to have the hearing loss. I was mad and thought that because of my hearing loss, no one even cared about me. I was wrong. In high school I had a teacher who changed my life and helped me break down the walls I had up around me for so many years. I slowly let her along with others into my life.
This year I met someone who also made me start seeing things from a different point of view. She made me see that without friends, life would be boring. We slowly became friends not long after we met. We'll sit and talk sometimes but not a lot. She's always in a meeting or has other things to d and of course so do I. That is okay, knowing we are friends is all I needed to know. Whenever I need to talk she always finds time to listen. It's not very much, but knowing she's there to listen is all that matters. She always seems t know just what to say. Knowing that I have a hearing loss she's still my friend it amazes me. I never thought people were like that. Before camp she told me that its' better to have friend for a short time than not to have a friend at all. I found her to be right, but of course she always is, even though I can't admit it.
This year was my first year in camp. I was scared that I wouldn't fit in because of my hearing loss. I found that not to be true. I made more friends that I thought I would. Being at camp this year made me see things differently. I've always put my hearing loss and physical/emotional problems in the way of other things. Seeing all the different kinds of people made me realize my problems are small compared to theirs. That mad me see things with a different point of view. I realized that I needed to reach out to other people and help them in any way I can. We all have a reason to be on this earth, we need to be fulfilled. It doesn't matter if you're in a wheelchair, have trouble walking, or have other problems we all can do something to make our world a better place to live. Don't sit back and do nothing. Reach out and show someone you care about their needs. Don't let this world be a world of fighting, hatred, and loneliness, but make it a world of peace, love and joy. I urge you to reach out and help all you can because it just might change someone's life today.