A Close Encounter: Meet the Author

Jess Hodges By Jess Hodges, 4th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/tb3a11f2/
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"Who am I??" Isn't that the question everyone asks themselves at some point in their lives?
Get to know a little more about me and why I write what I write.

Who Am I?

That was the question floating around in my brain as I poured myself a cup of dark chocolate and cinnamon tea in an attempt to ward off yet another winter storm; a storm who has seemed to forgotten that we're already thirteen days into spring.
When I initially signed up for Wiki Nut I had contemplated writing a small piece about myself, but then I thought, "why?" People don't want to read about that. However, my mind was changed this morning after I read a page written by a seasoned Wiki Nut writer. He challenged new writers to write a page on themselves and perhaps the motivations behind their writing. Since I'm not one to back down from a challenge, I accepted it. This action in and of itself is indicative of who I am.
If someone lays out what seems to be an insurmountable task, my knee jerk reaction is to conquer. Nine times out of ten if someone says "you can't do that" or "I challenge you to do blah" I am all over it.
But, is my acceptance of challenges who I am entirely?
It is in a way, but it's not all of me.
As I stirred honey into my now steeping tea, the idea of who I am rolled around in my brain and I came to the conclusion that I am not just one thing: I'm a bunch of parts all pieced together to create one me.

My Parts

As most other people, I have many likes, dislikes, interests, beliefs, motivations...the list could go on. It is difficult to discern out of all of those things what is me and what are the parts. I fulfil many roles: wife, daughter, friend, student, professional massage therapist, social advocate, dog lover, athlete. And yet,these are all just parts of me. They combine to help create my identity. What's more interesting, at least to me, I've discovered through the writing of this introduction that not only am I a lot of different things but that most of these parts run almost seamlessly into one another. There really can't be one without the other.
Does that sound like jibberish to you?
It does to me a bit, so let me clarify.

Putting the Parts Together

I won't go through every single part that helps define me because we'd be here forever, but let me give you a few examples. If I could draw, and I can't, this description would be so much easier. I'd make one of those little circle graphy thingies your grade nine science teacher made with all of the words that had arrows pointing you in the right direction; illustrating the connection between all of the atom components. Instead, I'll have to do my best with words.
Let's start with an easy one:
Part A: accepts challenges
Part B: athlete
Part C: dog lover + Part B: athlete =
someone who likes to do activities with her dogs. I.E., running, fly ball training Etc.
Does that make sense or did I muddy the waters further?
My point here is that no matter what, my basic parts all come together nicely to make me.
So, who is that person?


Well, to be honest, I think in some ways I'm still figuring that out. I don't think a person's self is static. I think we are always learning, experiencing new things and taking in new information. In that way, our "selves" are always growing. Hence, the catch phrase "personal growth."
I'll tell you what I do know: I know that I am a very lucky person who is loved by her husband, friends and family; I love the outdoors and feel strongly about environmental issues; I love animals and want to save every single one of them; I want to be a person who gives back to the people and community around her; I love a challenge whether it is physical or mental;I can get jealous; and I have bouts of insecurity; I have 1 degree and 2 diplomas and I am about to start a Graduate program; I don't have children and probably never will; my family's not perfect as no one's is, but I think I am stronger for it.
Even with all of that I feel as though I have only scratched the surface of who I am. There is one more part, a large and small all at the same time part, that I've left until the end on purpose. My reasons for leaving it are two-fold:
1. It's not the most important part of me. In fact, it's actually quite trivial.
and 2. And yet, it has shaped my life so much that I know without a doubt that I would not be the same person I am today without it.

The "Large and Small All at the Same Time" Part

I'm blind. Completely and utterly. I have been since I was three and so really don't know any other way of life. That is how this part has shaped my life so completely, but along the same line, because it's all I've known and because I have had so many amazing and crappy experiences it is a small part.
So, by no means is this all of me, but at least now I've introduced myself properly.
Hi, my name is Jess and I am a Wiki Nut.


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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Jess, this is precisely the type of introduction that I was hoping for and I am pleased you took up this challenge. I like the way that you have broken yourself down into parts and explained each of the parts, which has allowed you to create a logical flow for the whole article, (and even given you an opportunity to create new sections to go into that detail)

One element of advice is to add a spare line after each paragraph, Wikinut is not Microsoft Word which adds in paragraph spacing automatically. I would also take time to add an image that represents you - it does not have to be a photo of you but something that is distinctly you.

The most powerful thing you have kept till the end, being blind, and taking on the courage to write all power to you and welcome to Wikinut!

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author avatar Jess Hodges
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Peter for the advice. I didn't know the lines weren't automatically there. I'll work on that. And, thanks for putting the challenge out there. :)
PS: The profile photo is on its way. :)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Apr 2014 (#)

Okay well I am going to ask what everyone is thinking. How is it you can write if you are blind? Forgive the ignorance, but you write a lot better than some full sighted people, so I am curious if you use a special program for people with visual problems or what?
And welcome to the Wikinut family.

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author avatar Jess Hodges
6th Apr 2014 (#)

Software programs have been designed to work both with PCs and Macs. The software reads what you are typing and verbalises as you navigate a page. The software isn't perfect, but it has come a long way since I started using it. I'm partial to the Mac software because Apple built it right into every unit-computers, phones Etc. If you have a Apple product you can turn the software on yourself if you want to check it out. :)

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
7th Apr 2014 (#)

Good afternoon, Jess, welcome to Wikinut. I am pleased that you took up Peter's challenge. Wikinut has a community of caring, supportive writers, so just ask if you have questions. We are all in some stage of learning, and I appreciate you sharing how you write. That was new information for me, yet I will remember it to pass on to someone in my writer's group that is losing his sight. Again, welcome. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Jess Hodges
7th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. The challenge was fun and really got me thinking. There are a lot of options for writing with visual impairment or total blindness. If you or the other person has any further questions, please don't hesitate to send me a message. I don't pretend to be an expert, but I will try to help if I can. :)

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