Being colorblind is one of those fairly common things I just never think about. I knew some kids growing up that were, but I never thought about how some of the most common parts of everyday life were radically different for them.
These stories, some from friends of colorblind folks, and some from colorblind folks themselves shed some light on the unexpected problems that their condition presents:
Shopping for clothes… I’m not severely colorblind, but have issues with things like purple from some shades of blue, dark greens from browns, teal from grey, things like that. So I hate when clothing store tags or website color options either have number codes for color or non-descriptive names for colors. Olive Green on a sweater is great. Pine Tree and I’ll figure it out. Misty Hike and I am lost. Same with 091.
On my stepdads behalf, I’ll say that he doesn’t know that the kitchen utensils are all pink.
And also the time he got my mom a fluffy “pink” robe for Christmas, but it was actually green.
The football (soccer) team I support now occasionally wears a colour I can’t really distinguish from the bloody pitch. So, I now watch 11 players from an opposing team walk about with ghosts as a show of support.
Not color blind but my fiancé is, he struggles with the ties on loafs of bread. The color of the tie will blend in with our counter top and I’ll hear him tapping his hand up and down trying to find it so he can close the packaging on the loaf.
I had a color blind science teacher. He brought it up when we got to genetics and recessive genes.
The small town had an upside down traffic light for decades. The teacher knew it was upside down, and just remember too was go, bottom was stop.
Then the town suddenly flipped it it rightside up. Luckily there wasn’t an accident, he just had to explain to the officer what happened.
Trying to pick outfits or matching clothes for my kids. Thankfully my daughter helps me get clothes for her little brother when my wife isn’t around. It’s also very difficult (read: impossible) for me to safely do electrical work.
Standing outside one late October night, watching one of the best displays of the Northern Lights that I’ve seen. My family is gasping at the shifting display of colors- pink and blue and purple swirled in with the more common green. I look over at our friend, who is much less awe-inspired than us, and remember that he’s colorblind. I didn’t mention it or make a fuss, but it made me quite sad for him.
People asking what colour something is upon hearing that you are colour blind.
Mowing the lawn, sometimes I’ll miss a small patch and wont see it
I can’t read a lot of color coded charts. For example when they show rain intensity on the radar. If there’s just red, green, and blue I do ok. When they start adding yellow, orange, purple, etc, it just looks like a jumbled mess.
My roommate is a graphic designer and he’s colorblind. I asked him how it works and his answer was “computers label the colors. The rest is guess and hope”
I’m not color blind but I had a friend in middle school who was. He showed up to school very proud of his St Patricks day outfit. All green he said. It was all brown. The kicker was that he didn’t know he was color blind until we told him. It was middle school so he definitely got pinched that day.
Trying to buy bananas… I can never till which ones are or aren’t ripe
Board games with multiple players- unless all of the markers are vibrant colors, I have to constantly pay attention to where my marker is. And if that similar color player and I pass on the board, usually have to ask whose is whose
Getting emails from colleagues telling me their comments can be found below in red.
People will get moody or upset and I will have no idea why. Apparently they got their hair dyed and was not happy I did not notice
Some time ago a friend was on his way to my place for the first time. I explained to him that it was the red house on the right side of the road and some local waypoints, so that he would find it. Some time passed and no friend. He then called me saying that he couldn’t find the house and asked me to go and stand by the road so that he could see me. After a minute or so he turned into my parking lot and asked if I was a complete fucking idiot.
That was the day I found out I’d been living In a brown house for the last 5 years, and not a red one as I thought.
Cooking meat! I basically only cook white meat (turkey and chicken) at home because I have no idea how to tell if lamb/beef is cooked enough :(.
Oh also taking care of my plant. One of the ways to inspect your plant’s health is to see the change in the shade of green of the leaves (thanks nature) so I literally have to take pictures every few days and check RGB values using computer software lol.
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