Weathering Storms.

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We have and we are all weathering storms of our own, throughout our lives, and there will always be more to come. Regardless of its causes.

One may feel more weathered than another.
They may allow themselves to be more stressed by their memories, thoughts and feelings, than by the “stresses” around them. Internalising the storm from within.
Whilst another appears, able to shrug it all off. Things are not always what they seem.

One may choose to be an open book, whilst another, may choose to remain closed.
It does not mean, another suffered, will suffer or is suffering, less.
Yet, one sometimes chooses to borrow tomorrow’s troubles, potentially reliving the stress – two-fold. Each to their own.

Beings will cope differently to one another, whilst one will cope as best as they can, some, the only way they may know how. Some, needing guidance.

One person may retreat whilst another will be in awe of all those around them, for managing to shine on having been and being, in storms of their own.

One may experience a storm in a teacup whilst another may experience it as an overbearing storm on their horizon. 

Every being and situation is different, naturally, coping mechanisms will differ.

What with face masks and face coverings being made mandatory, the isolation, the anxieties and the barriers we as a deaf community are feeling, will face daily. we are ALL in this, dealing with this, as one. The best we can. We will all be able to relate and empathise with one another.

Be proactive, not reactive. It is down to education – there will be situations due to ignorance, arrogance, lack of deaf awareness and presumptions as to why someone is not wearing a mask. Remain kind, remain patient and educate.

I’ve had an elderly guy who was wearing a face mask, laugh at me when I explained I couldn’t understand him since I couldn’t lip read him. I chose to let his immaturity pass, and not react at all. Sure, it bothered me a little at the time but I refuse to let it, or anything trivial, consume and/or dictate me and relatively, imprison me. We cannot stop the waves but we can learn to surf. 

If anyone feels alone, be it as a result of the sea of emotionless, faceless masks or otherwise, please DO REACH OUT, for those who are able to, will be there.

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~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Snapchat & Snapmap

“Even in GHOST MODE children’s locations can be seen on SNAPCHAT

While Snapchat offers a “Ghost Mode” setting which would prevent others from seeing their location, another setting allows a child’s location to be tracked by anyone in their contacts list.

In addition, videos and photographs shared using Snapchat’s “Our Stories” feature will display their location on the map, even if the user has set their device to use “Ghost Mode”. This blurb is from the Sky News Report.

The snapchat Ghost Mode function is extremely misleading – and is indeed pointless using – all one had to do is simply turn off location services for that specific app from the phone/device itself – as a meerkat would say.

Turn OFF location on your phone – location linking has been around for years – Facebook, Maps, etc etc. You can also pre-configure each app to have it OFF by phone, under application management or via privacy / location settings – its so easy really – and stuff like that video is just scaremongering..

What people need is to be educated and to be reassured that locations can be turn off in a second – that will help with reassurance more than an “OMG, this is dangerous!” video.

Not by SJ (Sara Jae) but a friend of hers.

Whole School Can Learn To Sign, Not Just A Class.

While it is admirable that a class (in Bosnia) has learnt to sign to make a deaf classmate feel welcome and included, there is actually a whole school (in the UK) who has learnt to sign to make the students from their PHU just as welcome and included – this I have witnessed with my own eyes and was blown away.

So, if a class can do it, just take a moment to think outside of the box – somewhere, there is actually a whole school that deserves just as much recognition for their dedication over many years to be inclusive.

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~ SJ (Sara Jae)