Sunday, November 23, 2014
Would You Rather: Samantha at Samantha Heather Photograhy
This is Samantha Heather. She is a twenty-something dreamer and explorer based in Sydney, Australia, and her blog is a collection of thoughts, dreams, and passions from the perspective of her lens and her ever-evolving imagination. She photographs beautiful moments and adventures like the time she had the most peaceful row boating voyage or the time she took a trip to see the magicalness hiding just outside her city. This is what we asked her:
Q: Would you rather live without hands or without feet?
A: This is such a tricky and delicate question. You see, a strong part of me would rather live without my hands. Some of my favourite feelings in the world are that of being barefoot in my surroundings, feeling the sand shift between my toes, the gravel of the street on my soles, or the grass engulfing my feet as I lay in the park. Those memories are beautiful to me. They are memories I love to recreate. It is such an amazing feeling and losing my feet would mean that this amazement, this sensation would be lost
If I were to lose my hands however, I would also lose some amazing moments of touch. I would lose the ability to hold my child as he/she entered the world, or to tousle my partners hair, or to run my hands through a bed of flowers as I walked by - all of which are things I love doing.
So in this in mind, which do I choose to live without? To lose the ability to walk or to hold is not so uncommon anymore and as technology has advanced so has the opportunity to provide life back into the lives of those who have lost their feet or hands. Wheelchairs, prosthetics and physical therapy have allowed many to gain basic movement ability again. I think for me therefore, I would choose to live without my feet. I feel mobility is easier with the advancements in wheelchairs and prosthetics and while there are opportunities to feel and grab again with arms and hand prosthetics, there is something about being able to touch the world with my own fingers and hands that I would miss all too much.
- Samantha Heather