Thirteen-year-old Brianna Houston is like any other high school student; she loves hanging out with friends, listening to music, playing instruments, singing, YouTube-ing, writing, and going to the beach.  The one thing that sets her apart is that she’s blind.

Being blind doesn’t stop her from doing the things she loves, things you would expect anyone else her age to do.  Brianna recently put pen to paper to articulate her feelings in a poem; Don’t judge what you see.

Don’t judge what you see

By Brianna Houston

Don’t judge what you see

because there’s so much more to me.

You see me walking with my cane,

it doesn’t mean I’m not the same.

It doesn’t mean I don’t have a personality

that I have no fun, no originality.

Some people don’t understand the meaning of blind

and that it’s my eyes that don’t work, not my mind.

Some people don’t know I have feelings too

that I laugh, I cry, that I’m no different from you.

I’ve never let my absence of sight get in the way

Just because of things you think and say

You would think differently once I show

that I am capable of more than you know

So before you start with you exclusion

get to know me then come to a conclusion

Because everyone deserves to be treated right

whether they have none or all of their sight.

This is the thing some people don’t see

and if you can’t accept that, you’ll never know me.