Young again! Reprieve and Revelation


I’ve experienced a recent reprieve and from there came a revelation about my thinking. I’m generally OK with my current physical state of being. I feel good, no aches and pains or health issues and I have plenty of energy, mental and physical, to keep up most days!

One thing has really been wearing me out. Over the last 3 or 4 years my eyes have been plaguing me – seeing, both up close and at a distance, became more difficult. I’ve had glasses or contact lenses since about the age of seven and my vision has become progressively worse over time, but nothing out of the norm – just not great eyes!

I love to read. When asked what my hobbies are, reading is the only answer I’ve ever had – a pretty tame pursuit I know, but I’ve lived some great adventures in my head! I believe that I’d do very well on a desert island as long as I had an unlimited supply of books. So as reading became increasingly difficult I got a little panicky. I worked through the progression of mono-vision, then bi-focal and finally multi-focal contacts. I have a couple of pair of glasses – bifocal and progressive (whatever that means!) that require way too much thought about the appropriate neck positions for various activities of life – one angle for reading, another for computer work, take them off to speak face to face…too much!!!

Two years ago things got worse and, rather than go back to my eye professional, I resorted to ‘layering’ my eye wear – multi-focal contacts topped with reading glasses for any close up work. The definition of ‘close up’ expanded and the readers increased in strength and numbers – a pair in every corner! That worked, and I gathered a little collection of cheap ‘cheaters’, and my husband even found me a little pair that I can stick to the back of my cell phone! Great invention you should check out by the way – ThinOptics .  I was however getting fearful – I really couldn’t see! What’s next? My solution was to procrastinate and skip my annual vision checkup.  It made sense at the time!

So, now for the reprieve! I finally couldn’t take it anymore and scheduled an appointment. I described my situation and fears and then succumbed to the battery of drops, measurements, air-puffs to the eye, and futile attempts at identifying letters and shapes on a faraway wall. I held my breath for the diagnoses – scary possibilities flooding my imagination. Unexpectedly and much to the doctor’s amazement, my vision had improved. I am no longer as severely near-sighted as before and this improvement was causing me to struggle because my contacts and glasses were too strong—-WHAT!!! So now, with lower-strength contact lenses and no reading glasses at all, I’ve been reading non-stop with no problem. I feel like a kid – or at least like a 40-year-old!

OK, here comes my life-changing revelation. I had assumed the worst – for two or more years the ever-popular “old age is hell and it’s all downhill from here” line of thinking, led me down a foggy path. As a result, I over-corrected and effectively limited and aged myself. Why did I automatically conclude, without investigation, that I was deteriorating in some way? I wonder why my first thought wasn’t “Wow, I guess my eyes must be getting better!” Wouldn’t that be a great way to live! How else could this approach impact my health and spirit, my present and future pursuits? Thanks to my newly cleared-up eyes and mind, I can continue to see and explore the big, bright universe of information and inspiration – I’m sure there’s more to be revealed!



55 and Change blogger, Laura, is loving life! She embraces the freedom that this age and stage allows. She is married to Paul, a very loving, supportive (and patient!) man and they have a large, close-knit family, most of whom live nearby. She is a daughter, a sister and aunt, a mother of two wonderful children and grandmother of two adorable little sweethearts. She loves to work hard in a business about which she is very passionate. Blogging is a pursuit that stretches her out her comfort zone and satisfies a long neglected creative urge.

(9) Comments

  • Guest Blogger Jim Fox
    Miss X
    February 13, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Great post! And a nice “vision” about our way of approaching life’s changes.

    I am completely reliant on readers and feel a bit like a squirrel with nuts, storing various pairs throughout my home, car and workplace desk.

    • Laura
      February 14, 2016 at 1:02 am

      Hello Miss X! I’m going to search my emails for your login info!

  • Sheri Blackburn
    February 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    You go Cuz! I’ve been wearing glasses for awhile. I went through the cheater stage, glasses stashed everywhere. I still run across a pair now and then I had forgot about. I’ve given most of them to my boyfriend, who had lasik surgery to correct his distance. Now he has glasses stashed everywhere.

    • Laura
      February 14, 2016 at 1:06 am

      I know, I found long lost pair today, but when I needed them I could never find them!

  • Amy
    February 13, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Wow! I’m inspired! I too have been avoiding the optometrist. Will make an appointment pronto 😉
    Loved reading your description XO

    • Laura
      February 14, 2016 at 1:03 am

      Do it! You never know what might happen!

  • Bonnie Rhoden, Esq.
    February 13, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Great post, great story, great woman.

  • Valerie Citta
    February 13, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Great read! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to try that layering trick w multifocal contacts. They’ve been a challenge to adjust too.
    Also, have you tried audio books? They are awesome! Esp w a good narrator.

    • Laura
      February 14, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Valerie – I do LOVE audio books and podcasts of all kinds! Thanks for commenting – keep us posted on how the ‘layering’ trick works! 🙂

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