Here I compile some of the frustrations the deaf community feels, sometimes on a daily basis. With injections of humour here and there 🙂
I am tired of seeing a phone number on parking ticket machines because I cannot use the phone to pay.
I am tired of talking lifts. Just wish they would shut up! Never mind the telephone in the lift with the number to ring in case of a breakdown or emergency! Duh!
I am tired of being treated like an idiot by hearing people.
I am tired of “I’ll tell you later” but it never materialises!
I am tired of intercoms.
I am tired of being judged.
I am tired of the constant tinnitus in a whole world of its own.
I am tired of being patronised.
I am tired of people having a go as bullies.
I am tired of being the odd one out! (to which SJ responded “We can all be odd together!”)
I am tired of hearing the words “It doesn’t matter!” Of course it matters.
I am tired of having to stand up for justice.
I am tired of Mondays!
I am tired of people being all talk and no action.
I am tired of not being taken seriously.
I am tired of thinking people are talking to themselves (bonkers) when they are actually on hands free mobile!
I am tired of waiting for Channel 4 on demand getting their act together and providing subtitles for iPad!
I am tired of people manipulating others for their own gains.
I am tired of people saying “You are not missing anything!”
I am tired of being left out.
I am tired of a particular job requirement “Must be able to use the phone.”
I am tired of people moaning and being so negative.
I am tired of being a second class citizen.
I am tired of seeing other (deaf) people telling others what to do.
I am tired of background music when actors are talking.
Cue background music: Doooooe – a deer a female deer, Raaaaay, a drop of golden suuuuun, Meeeeee – a name I call myseelf, Faaaaaar – a long long way to ruuuuuun, Seeeeew – a needle puling threeeeeeead, Laaaaaaaaa – a note to follow soooooo, Teeeeeeea – a drink with Jam and breeeeead!
And that’ll bring us back to doe oh oh oh! Hence forth comes the musical tinnitus.
I am tired of not being able to understand what any train or plane announcements are saying – whether to panic yet or not!
I am tired of people’s attitudes – always complaining – they need to consider how lucky they are to live in the UK with a decent life….
I am tired of always being the last to understand or be informed. Tut tut.
I am tired of seeing online forms asking for a telephone number but no space to put the full type-talk number in so I have to remove 18002 from my number then I get hearing people phoning!!!!!
I am tired of not being able to go to the movies anytime I wish.
I am tired of the radio whenever they broadcast shows concerning deafness or deaf people.
I am not tired of kicking ass!
I am tired of always having to strain my eyes more to concentrate on lip reading.
I am tired of feeling belittled.
I am tired of segregation, exclusion and discrimination.
I am tired of people asking to speak to me on the phone when they have been told I cannot hear on the phone but still, they insist to speak to me on the phone?!
I am tired of seeing how quickly people are so willing to follow the flock.
I am tired of people thinking they can pass on skills from someone who has just “attended” a (deaf awareness/sign language) course – it just does not work like that….
I am tired of finding out things in the office then being told they’ve all known for ages and as usual I am the last to know!
I am tired of the lack of inclusion and inaccessibility in today’s day and age.
I am tired of my mobile fire text alert (testing every week) going off at least half an hour before the real fire test goes off.
I am tired of being abused by egocentric manic d/Deaf ( & hearing) people.
I am tired of being told to “Get on with it” when that is what we have been doing everyday?!
I am tired of not being able to switch off at night time!! (as a hearing dweller commented because the deaf are lucky in being able to turn off our hearing aids – ahhh silence is golden! Oh yes just rubbing it in….)
I am tired of the bloody answerphone and not understanding a word said….
I am tired full stop lol – 24/7 campaigning is a hard slog.
I am tired of deaf politics and political correctness gone mad and madder and even madder!
I am tired of having to stay strong for so long.
I am tired of all the injustice in this world – stop the planet, I want to get off! (“Nah you don’t – you’d miss all the fun!” as another dweller tried to persuade SJ)
Thank you to all who contributed – very much appreciated x
~ SJ (Sara Jae)