Meet the Team
Maribel SteelI have been legally-blind since the age of seventeen with an incurable eye condition known as Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). After receiving the unexpected diagnosis at such a crucial stage of my development, I remember thinking that I had to make a serious choice: I could either drown in self-pity and be cocooned in cotton wool and let go of my young dreams...or I could see this diagnosis as a mere obstacle that had to be overcome and develop a different way of reaching my goals. So I embraced this quote by Patrick Overton: –
“When you have come to the edge of all light that you know, and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen – there will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.”
I like to think I have learned to do both!
I have learned to ground myself by following my intuition, to listen to the voice within, to trust inner vision and step out with firm determination and courage to follow my dreams.
And I have been surprised to learn that I can fly by the seat of my pants as I share the journey with family and friends because my partner, Harry, has taught me that sometimes, one has to let go of our magnificently organised plans and jump into the world of chaos and enjoy the unforeseen situations that present themselves!
Harry has kindly agreed to be in charge of all the visuals for this blog so long as I keep massaging his shoulders while he stares at the computer screen carrying out my requests, the design of the blog and the uploading of our many photos. So, if any unflattering images appear, rest assured, I am not responsible and all complaints must be addressed to Harry’s optometrist for prescribing his rose-tinted glasses in the first place.
All kidding aside, Harry’s professional images offer an added visual bonus that enhance the stories.
Brian Steel – Senior Editor
Hey, what a coincidence? This guy has the same surname. Well, as my father, one might expect the infiltration of talent behind the scenes. I cannot thank him enough for his impeccable editor’s eye.
This not only saves me a lot of time and eye strain on a spell checker but his experience as a well-seasoned author makes my words sparkle and shine with the correct grammar and punctuation (although my dad is a little old fashioned and likes to use brackets and exclamation marks much more than we do these days!!).