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Braille in My Life
By Ms. Ma Nan Paing Paing
(15 years old, Myanmar )

When I became blind during my childhood, I felt great sadness and I was overwhelmed by despair. I felt that everything had gone from my life and that my future would be just a blank.

One day, however, a friend came knocking at my door and saved me from destruction. That friend was Braille!

Ever since Braille had come into my life, I was able to benefit from education, gain a lot of knowledge, and learn many skills. I began to feel that I was making improvements and developing day by day. I was greatly strengthened and this enabled me to walk straight and confidently along the journey of life.

Braille was such a loving friend as it enabled me to read all kinds of books. It also enabled me to write and to copy down those books which were my favourites and which I needed for my studies and intellectual development.

Indeed, Braille has brightened up my life so that I can feel as though I am like a beautiful twinkling star shining out into the world and bringing light and beauty to other people. I feel brave and assured of myself; I can be comfortable, at ease and at home with normal sighted people. There is no more sadness, fear or darkness as I sail out like a boat into the sea of life. With Braille as my helmsman, my lamp and my light-house, I know that I am safe, strong and full of courage.

Truly, Braille has been my saviour and it has given me such high hopes for the future. I am greatly inspired as I strive to work hard in order to achieve my ambition to become a teacher one day. I long to show other blind children what a great friend Braille is and can be.

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