I recently finally bought reading glasses.
For a while now, or if I am honest for a very long time now, I have needed reading glasses. Most of the time when using my computer, I am sitting with my laptop in my lap. Let’s say my eyes were about 2 feet from the screen. And let’s say, all words were blurring. And let’s say, I at times was using a magnifying glass to read the words.
I went to the local Walgreens, bought some reading glasses, came home and voila, I could clearly see the words. What a difference it makes, I now need to become accustomed to having the glasses on the end of my nose so I see non-reading items clearly when lifting my eyes up – you know, like the TV.
So, I was feeling very excited about my new reading glasses and being able to read words again on my computer and not using the magnifying glass.
About the same time, I read post from fellow blogger and friend Steph over at Bold Blind Beauty.
Steph is blind and her blog’s Welcome page begins with the following words –
An extraordinary online community that encourages beautiful blind women to transcend barriers and walk boldly together with confidence; in style, body, and soul.
If you do not know Steph, please visit her blog site, she is a wonderful lady with a message not just for women, but for us men also.
So, I was feeling very excited about my new reading glasses and I read a post from Steph’s blog site titled ‘Learning To Be Present Through The Loss Of Sight’.
I was feeling guilty reading her post, because here I am excited about my new reading glasses and Steph is writing about losing her sight and being declared legally blind and using a white cane and not knowing what was ahead of her.
I felt selfish and ashamed that I was excited about my new reading glasses when there are others who cannot see things I take for granted seeing. With my body having cancer and me going through a tough time, I am tired and worn down physically and mentally. So, the new reading glasses got me excited.
Steph’s post ‘Learning To Be Present Through The Loss Of Sight’, concludes with the following –
Life is way too short to waste it focusing on things we have no control over. Live life now and be in the moment.
So, Steph, thank you for your wonderful post and reminding me to live life now and be in the moment. Sometimes I am not, I am down and beaten and feeling sorrow. But then I open my computer with my new reading glasses and I am reminded how exciting the small things can be.
Those glasses sitting on the edge of my nose is helping me be in the moment and enjoy the words in front of me – I no longer need the magnifying glass.