My hearing loss progressed after I quit working to become a stay-at-home mom. It really scared the heck out of me that one day I would probably re-enter the workforce. How would I be able to hear my employer, fellow employees, clients, and even the office phone when it rings?
It stressed me out to think that I would have to lip read at office meetings when more than one person is talking at the same time. Or that special accommodations would need to be made with my phone so that I could hear the person speaking on the other end. How business-savvy would I appear when things frequently had to be repeated to me? Would I make a fool of myself the first time someone asked me a question and I had no idea what she just said?
A friend in my writing group once said to me, “Quit being afraid and get it out.” Although we were talking about writer’s block and how to not be afraid in writing our stories, I think the same could apply to the fears I have about being hard of hearing at a young age. The “get it out” part of my friend’s quote could also mean being honest with God and others about my fears. By doing that, I am learning to trust God and loved ones with my vulnerability. And when I am continuously trusting God, what am I NOT doing?
I am not fearing the future.
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