An Interview with Jordan Mahony (Guest Blog Post #4)

Hi Everyone, I got the pleasure of interviewing my friend, Jordan. He has his own YouTube channel and website. Many thanks to Jordan for allowing me to interview him and for allowing him to interview me in return.  Do not forget to check out his channel and website. 🙂

What is your name?

Jordan Mahony.

Age?

I am 20 years old.

Who has inspired you the most in life and your blogging?

The very person who has always been in my head is Molly Burke.

She had a very graphic story and I thought she got her story out there and I thought to myself that I needed to do the same thing. So, people like me could have a voice and not be left in the dark any more about what they could or could not do. So, she inspired me to make my channel on YouTube which is action.

Besides writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to sit down and talk to my friends and also getting to know new people. I like to challenge myself to always do more for me.

Name a bad habit that you have?

A bad habit that I have is when I get excited and I shake my hands. It can also be a good thing or a bad thing.

Name your best quality?

My best quality is my ability to feel positive about myself. I do that in the case of other people because, to put it straight, I want to help them as best I can.

If you could interview anyone living or dead who would it be and why?

If I could interview anyone living or dead it would be miss Demi Lovato. I like her because she is my hero. I would like to meet her, as I like to say, she is my hero. It would fill me with pride if I did meet her one day. I went to a Demi Lovato concert in Dublin. I would interview her because she supports mental health and I like that.

What is your college major/Minor?

I majored in drama and acting. My minor was advocacy for visually impaired people.

What school (college or university) did you go to?

I go to Life Long Learning in Child Vision. I will continue to go there for 2 more years.

What is the title of your blog?

The title of my blog or website is www.jordantmahony.com Which is my way to help people and educate them about people like me.

When and why did you start your blog?

I set up my blog on Saturday the 16th of September 2018. As to why I set it up. I did it so I could have a voice to get my views and opinions across the map of the world. I wanted visually impaired people to come out of the shadows and talk to me about their concerns and problems.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years, I see a lot of things happening for myself. Like living on my own and in a physical relationship. Also, being at the top of my game. Making a long and hard career as a very famous and brilliant actor. Having a good life without looking back at the bad things.

Doing what I think is best for me and my future family.  Saying no to sighted people and that I will not be a defenseless little child. Being a full- time certified councilor for those that need my help. Finally, to be recognized for my gifts and not my visual impairment and to have a world where my fellow visually impaired brothers and sisters can be for once in their life’s happy and free.

What is the name/cause of your visual impairment (or other disability that you may have)?

I have a condition called Bardet Biedl syndrome. Which affects the kidneys, sight and your liver. Since I have a fatty liver I cannot give or donate blood. I use a white cane, since my sight is greatly affected. One day I will go blind. I also have a small amount of autism, which is not a problem. However, there will be decisions in life that I will have to make sooner or later.

How does your visual impairment or other disability that you may have effect you on a daily basis?

Well, I have to use a long cane; or as I call her, Demi who I have with me every day. If I do not have her, I will not get far. I like that I have a cane, (and) I am okay with that. It is not easy, but I get through it because I want to live my life to the fullest. My impairment does not define me as a person. I have a message in my head, and that message is I am sorry that I am visually impaired, but I am not sorry that I cannot see. I took that message from Demi Lovato’s song Sorry not sorry. Trust me when I say that every day is a challenge, but it just makes you stronger. That is part of my daily life.

What gets on my nerves is sighted people, and how they treat you like you are a mutant. I do not like that. Which is why I will not be controlled by a sighted person, ever.

What do other people feel about your visual impairment (or other disability that you may have)?

My mom and family are okay with it.  But my auntie Annmarie is the best. She does not treat me differently. As far as she is concerned I cannot see a lot and she does not care about that. All she cares about is me and my well-being.

If you had to give one piece of advice to others about having a visual impairment (or other disability that you may have) what would it be?

Live your life the way you want to and ignore the people who think that they get you. If we are being honest, if there are people who control your life well they need to leave because it is not for them to say oh we control you; instead that is not the way it works.

You are the person in control and I think people with a disability need to know that.

Where can other people find you on Social media (Please list and provide links)

I am on YouTube as Jordan Mahony.

I have my own website as well.

I am on Twitter. Type in Jordan Mahony and you will find me.

My website is at:  www.jordantmahony.com My username is pyro 2028.

 

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