Just like my lenses all of our lives experience transitions. Most times the mundande days of chores and responsibilities flow and feel the same but rest assured a change is right around the corner. Some of these changes are happy and exciting; a marriage, a child being born, a new job, a new house. Sometimes the changes are sad; such as experiencing a personal illness, caring for a loved one that is ill, a death of someone close. At times the changes are emotional, someone you loved was disloyal, your children are leaving the nest. Sometimes the changes are physical, gained a few pounds, noticing a few wrinkles, the unability to move or do the things you once were able to.
Life is all about changes. For me my journey so far has been filled with happiness and excitement and I love life just like i do my glasses on sunny and bright days. The same feelings are true for when my glasses make me confused as to the shade they chose. Through the years I have looked up at the sky many times and asked why? I dont understand? Sometimes if Im dressing a certain way the glasses make me sad that the look isnt what I want today. In life I dont always get to do exactly what I want. Lets not forget the worry of what will people think of my new glasses? I spent so many years of my life worrying about being accepted and liked and what will people think?
The laughter, the tears, the worries, the mistakes that my old frames saw me through were wonderful transitions that brought me to this terrific age of 52. Having to wear glasses since I was 5 has led me to have a great sense of humor so I thank the countless pairs that have transcended through my lifetime. Having a crooked eye and glasses doesnt make you the most popular kid in the school yard but it did make me a compassionate kind adult.
Its not easy to change frames and every time I did it showed courage. There were many years I kept the familiar and comfortable lenses despite not being able to see clearly because fear stopped me from changing.
By this wonderful second chapter and wearing my new transition lenses Im beginning to see things so much clearer. Those countless pairs of glasses of my past saw many endings of loved ones. I sadly know how the final paragraph goes. I have kissed many goodbye through the years with different situations but the one thing they all had in common was, they did not care what type of glasses they wore or the shades of the tint but instead were grateful for all the love they saw through the lenses.
I welcome each and every day and trust the shades that will lead me to the next transition. I dont fear the lenses changing and it doesnt take as much courage like it used to. I have learned so much from the past and I look forward to future experiences. We are 50 something and these truly are the best days of our lives. Transitions can be fun and exciting and even during the challenging times there are lessons to be learned and left behind for the future generations. I am so happy I went eye glass shopping as the things I used to see as small and insignificant through the old frames now look wonderful magnified with the new clear vision.