Realizing the Relative Importance of Things in Our Lives
Something to ponder, as this is a very real scenario for some (and was almost for me). Could any of us travel, or write a blog to tell of those travels, if we lost the gift of sight?
We only realize how important some things are when we lose them, or there’s a threat of losing them.
Some of these things are obvious, like our phones or computers. We’ve become so dependent on these devices nowadays that most of us cannot conceive of a day without them, never mind not having them at all. Our phone breaks, our computer crashes, and we are without for a day (or more) while they are fixed or replaced. That day seems very long and we wonder how we’ll function. We become anxious and worry about what we might be missing. We may go into a mildly panicky feeling, like withdrawal symptoms. We’ve lost a lifeline and feel cut adrift.
But, guess what? We survive, we make it through the day without the device, and we might actually enjoy the day more as we are forced to leave aside those commitments and pressures—-many of which are actually self-imposed: the computer is here, the email is here, the text message is here, therefore we MUST reply. So, without the devices, we might just go for a walk, enjoy the garden, relax with a friend in a coffee shop, face to face for a change, instead of as a name at the end of a message. A broken phone or computer may then be a blessing in disguise.
But, what about losing other important things in life, like part of our health, like our vision? Vision is something we take so for granted. It’s such an integral part of our everyday lives that we don’t usually (if at all) think about it, think about how much we use our eyes for almost everything we do in life these days. Most of our lives and daily activities are visual-oriented and we just accept that and don’t even think about not having that visual ability. To walk, to dress, to shower, to prepare food, to drive, or catch the bus, to sit in our work place and work, to read, to play sports, to take part in other hobbies and interests—the list is endless. All of these assume, for most of us, vision, that we can see what we are doing. So, what happens if, when, you discover you have an eye problem, that there’s a possibility that you could lose some or most of your sight? Then we’d have to look at and view our world in a whole different light. If that previously unconsidered gift of sight were threatened, we would need to re-arrange our lives and our expectations. Some people would be able to do this more easily than most others, as it’s a huge change in lifestyle.
For months, I felt threatened by this, but was saved from having to make these choices and decisions, thanks to a wonderful eye surgeon here.
I know I’ll never take vision for granted, not ever again.
Some of the things I’m grateful to see. Above, with daughter and husband at an eye sculpture in St Louis. Below, gorgeous cosmos flowers growing wild; my grand-daughter examining my camera.