Thirty Days of Thanks - Day 12 - November 12
I had nearly perfect vision for years. Several times over the years, we had insurance that covered a yearly eye exam and every year I'd leave empty-handed. My vision was excellent.
Several years passed with no eye insurance and then a new insurance carrier again offered a yearly eye exam. I went to my appointment believing I still had good eyes. To my surprise, the doctor told me I needed glasses. I tried on some frames and tried to pick something I wouldn't feel too self-conscious in and then left.
A week later I returned to pick up my glasses. The doctor made some little adjustments and I left with my first pair of glasses. I didn't have to wear them all the time, just for watching television or driving. Anything long distance. I got in the car, pulled out the cute little case, and tried on my new glasses.
Suddenly the giant tree across the street wasn't just a big green tree, but a tree with thousands of individual leaves. I lifted them up and saw the tree without detail and put them back on to see each leaf and branch and even the texture of the bark.
I hadn't even realized I was squinting to see basketball scores on television until I had my glasses. Suddenly the numbers and letters became crisp and clear.
The world looks very different when you can see things clearly.