Welcome to the new year! We are now in 2012 and I have to keep reminding myself to write a "12" where I would have written an "11."
2011 was a very exciting year for me. My husband and I bought a house this past year and also managed to acquire two cats, a dog, a tortoise, and two birds in addition to the bearded dragon we already own. I hope that 2012 is as good to us as the past year has been, but I have to admit we probably don't need six more pets this year.
As far as my deafness goes, I can safely say that my 20s have so far helped me make a lot of mental changes in the way I see my hearing loss. This blog has contributed to that, of course. In situations where I may not have even considered my hearing aids, now I am more aware of them and how my hearing loss affects me.
In reading others' blogs, I have become influenced to become more of an advocate for myself in public situations, especially at work. I can still be very shy in stores and other situations, but at work I have stopped blaming myself for what I can't do and focusing on what I can do - and how people can help me accomplish my goals. This includes working with the public. I don't consider the burden entirely on myself to understand someone anymore. The other person in the conversation also has a responsibility to communicate effectively.
I am happy to see shows like Switched at Birth on television highlighting the issues that deaf/Hard of Hearing people face and also seeing more advocacy about closed captions and other issues. A local theater chain (Harkins) has been dealing with legal issues stemming from the way they have chosen to do business as related to the ADA and it has been interesting to follow that as well as Eh? What? Huh?'s advocacy regarding censored captions on television.
I think 2012 is going to be a great year and I can't wait to see what happens.