A Song Without Sound

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A Song Without Sound I am a dancer. That's my passion. My feet feel like they are flying when I dance. Maybe that sounds strange because I can not hear the music, but I can feel it, in my heart, and with my feet. Deafness to some may seem to be a disability, but I know no other life, and I believe I live my life just fine. I am happy, and I can speak as well as sign. My voice probably sounds a little strange to some, but of course I can not hear it, but as I said that's okay. From the time I was a little girl I knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to dance, and my Mom and Dad encouraged that, I am grateful for that. Mom always says "Anna Leigh you can do anything you put your mind to with the help of the Lord." And I know she is right, so I dance. My feet fly. My heart soars And I dance.

Submitted: May 30, 2017

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I am a dancer.

That's my passion.

My feet feel like they are flying when I dance. Maybe that sounds strange because I can not hear the music, but I can feel it, in my heart, and with my feet.

Deafness to some may seem to be a disability, but I know no other life, and I believe I live my life just fine. I am happy, and I can speak as well as sign. My voice probably sounds a little strange to some, but of course I can not hear it, but as I said that's okay.

From the time I was a little girl I knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to dance, and my Mom and Dad encouraged that, I am grateful for that.

Mom always says "Anna Leigh you can do anything you put your mind to with the help of the Lord." And I know she is right, so I dance.

My feet fly.

My heart soars

And I dance.


I love dancing.

Dancing is one place I don't stand out as being different.

At school I feel different, because I go to a public school where most of the kids can hear, I get along okay, I can read lips as well as sign, and I make pretty good grades.

But my world is silent, accept for when I dance, because then I feel the music in my heart.

I do not write this because I want your pity. I do not need your pity, but I am trying to tell my story.

Start from the beginning is so often said, but I do not know where the beginning starts, for me dancing was the beginning.

When I dance I dance for God, for Jesus. I am a believer, and dancing lets me feel close to God.

I imagine when I get to heaven I will dance.

I will hear music for the first time.

I hear it now, but I hear it in my heart, not with my ears.

I can not hear anything with my ears, from the time I was an infant, I have been completely and profoundly deaf.

But as I said don't feel sorry for me.

Deafness is not a disability for me, because I refuse to let it be.

I am like so many of my peers, I have fun, I watch TV, I dance, I hang out, I go to church.

I am normal in all the ways that count.

A lot of people ask me why I want to dance, I can't even hear the music they say.

Maybe not with my ears, but I hear it, I feel it with my heart, I tell them. Dancing has always been a part of my life, for as long as I could remember.

When I was a little girl Mamma cried as we watched Heather Whitestone Crowned Miss America, she told me that just goes to prove, that I could do whatever I wanted to do, she danced beautifully, but even before I watched that I knew I was going to dance.

Mamma says I have been dancing since I could walk, even though I could not hear, I could dance. I don't know what the music sounds like, but I know what it feels like.

"Anna Leigh don't let anyone tell you, you can't." Mamma says, "Because you can do anything you put your mind too."

Maybe if I did not have a Mom who believed in me the way Mamma does, a Mamma who never let me look at the fact that I could not hear, as a handicap, then I would not be dancing, but Mamma says she does not see me as handicap, being deaf is just my burden to bear, and compared to others its a light burden.

I am a dancer and I can not hear

But dancing is not my entire life.

I attend church, I hang out with my friends, I have a boyfriend who I am really serious about. I want to marry him one day, after college that is. I want a family, but I want a career.

I have lived my life so far proving to the world that even if you are deaf you can achieve your goals, I have made it my mission to share the story of overcoming, of looking at deafness as a gift instead of a curse.

They say that most deaf children will never pass a reading level past the fifth grade, with a lot of hard work I have proved that wrong, I am able to read college material, because my Mom never let me give up.

I even sing.

How does a deaf person sing?

I guess just like anyone else, I am sure I sound different, but I talked Mom into giving me lessons, because I felt it would help my speech, and I guess it has, because more people can understand me now.

Dancing is still my first passion though, well next to sharing the word of God with others. Maybe one day I will be a missionary.

A dancing deaf missionary LOL!

Hey Mom always said I could be whatever I wanted to be.

I am glad that my Mother never let me look at my deafness as a hinderance, the only thing I can't do is hear. And according to some people some things you don't want to hear.

Dancing is so much a part of me I can't remember a time when I did not dance. I love dancing, the fact that I can not hear the music has not stopped me.

I admire women like Marlee Matlin who dances in front of millions despite the fact she can't hear, sometimes I feel the judges are harsh on her but she is tough skinned, I am not sure I could be. For not being trained in dancing and for being deaf I think Marlee is great. Another dancer I like is Kristi Yamaguchi who was an award winning ice skater, but she was born with club feet, I love watching people overcome, I pray someday they will say the same about me.

I love dancing, and I love my life. I do not feel like my deafness is really a hinderance. I can do what others do, the only thing I can't do is hear, sometimes I wonder what it would be like to hear, but I do not dwell on it.

I am so happy to be dancing though, and I love my life, I have faith in the Lord, and faith that the Lord is going to give me success in life. I could not be more grateful for the things I have.

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I have  learned in life never let what the world tells you what you cannot do define you.

I am deaf, but I am a dancer, the fact that I does not hear does not stop me.  I feel the music, and I dare say perhaps that is better.

When I was in highschool I would find myself wondering what it would be like to hear, but no longer.  Several years have passed since then

I have been to college, I am married, and I am on the fast track to becoming a missionary for my church.  I do not have to let the fact that I cannot hear stop me.

It’s been just over six years since I first told my story, and I know this is not much, but I have been busy living life to write much.  I have been enjoying my role as wife and a new Mother.  That is right I have a beautiful little girl.  And yes she can hear.

Six years have changed somethings.  People are doing more now, technology allows those with disabilities to do so much more.  I am not just talking about those who are deaf, but those who are blind, and those who have mobility issues.  

We live in a generation of I-pads, Kindles and Nooks, and smart phones.

Lord knows I am thankful for text messaging.  I would not have a cell phone if it were not for that.

I digress though.  Technology or not I still dance.  

Dancing is part of me, like breathing, like breath like life.

I am so thankful for the gift of dance, but even more than that I am thankful for the gift of family.  

I am thankful for the Lord and all he has done for me.

In everyway that matters I am blessed.

My life is not perfect, no life is.  Anyone that tells you that would be lying, but I do live a blessed life.  I am happy.

I would not change my life for anything.  I am happy the way the Lord had made me.  I am blessed.

Being deaf does not mean that I am blind to the blessings around me.  I love the Lord I love all he has given me.

I am blessed beyond measure, and I will do everything in my power to serve him.

When I dance.  I dance for Jesus, because he gave me the gift.  And I dance for my daughter, because he gave me her too.  I dance for my husband.  I am so blessed.




 


 


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