Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole 'IZ' 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' Show/Hide
Driving home from work today, I saw a rainbow.
Actually, that's not true. I saw the place where a rainbow was. I couldn't see the rainbow itself.
I'm colorblind. Whereas a person with normal vision sees a spectrum like this:
I can basically see two colors: Blue and Not Blue
Or maybe I should say: Blue and I-Don't-Know.
(I'm guessing on that 2nd spectrum. I ran it through a filter, but since I can't really see the colors...)
When people find out that I'm colorblind, it inevitably leads to the game: What Color Does This Look Like To You? To save time, let me just say: Unless it's BLUE, I DON'T KNOW.
Another game is What Color Is _______? Look, I know Grass is Green. I'm colorblind, not ignorant.
I don't really get upset by these things anymore. It's human nature to be curious. People who can see colors want to know what it's like to be colorblind, just as I'm curious what it's like to see colors.
In my mind, I picture it to be like music. The different colors join together like notes in a song. Two notes come together and make a new sound; likewise two colors come together and make something new. Three notes can get you a chord, three colors combine to make up what a normal person can perceive*. Each spot you see, each patch of color is its own instrument in the orchestra of life. The world is a visual symphony.
*Some women have two distinct red/green receptors in their eyes, giving them FOUR-color perception. I literally CANNOT imagine what this is like.
Now, of course I know it isn't really like that. I'm overselling it because it is unknown to me. But I have to wonder if you appreciate it. Or do you take it for granted?
You live in a world that, to me, would be like a dream, but you don't even know it.
Driving home from work today, I didn't see a rainbow.
But I really wished I did.