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15 Awful Moments That All People Who Wear Contacts Experience

15 Awful Moments That All People Who Wear Contacts Experience

For some, those little bits of plastic mean beauty and a greater feeling of confidence and acceptance. For others, they serve as a window to seeing the world. To the person wearing them, contact lenses are something to be valued and taken care of.

Ever since contact lenses first appeared on the scene, they’ve been sparking some serious fashion trends. Even when there are mishaps, the person wearing them still remains a fan. However, with these little bits of plastic comes a sense of responsibility and ownership. Here are some awful moments that people who wear contacts have probably experienced.

1. You have to spend an extra 30 minutes getting dressed

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    With wearing contact lenses comes the need to be more patient while getting dressed for an occasion. When they’re being fickle, it can take 15 to 20 minutes extra to put in your contact lenses. You really need to set it right, and this can really test your patience.

    2. You know that getting invaders out of your eye can be a pain

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      Lenses do not help when something gets in your eye. It is nearly impossible to get anything out when you’re wearing your lenses. You’ll find that you start becoming more conscious of your environment in order to prevent this.

      3. You go through hell wearing those contact lenses inside out

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        This may not happen often, but when it does, it hurts.

        4. You feel nervous when you can’t find those transparent dots

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          The panic and anxiety that comes with dropping the transparent thing and realizing that it’s lost for good can be overwhelming. The other problem is figuring out if you actually dropped it or if it’s still in your eye somewhere.

          5. You start looking different with your specs on

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            People are so used to seeing you wear contact lenses that when you wear your specs people act like it’s the first time they’ve seen you. You can always expect a few comments.

            6. You start losing interest in swimming

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              Wearing lenses in water can be a horrible thing. Water rides and swimming become terrible activities to engage in. You never really feel safe in the water when wearing your lenses.

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              7. You have got to cry sometimes

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                The tears may be streaming down your face, but you’re not sad. Those lenses just aren’t cooperating.

                8. You have got to adjust your lenses sometimes

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                  People freak out when they see you trying to adjust your contacts in public. Apparently sticking your finger in your eye isn’t the most appealing activity to most. Sometimes, you’ve just got to do it and deal with the reactions.

                  9. You know your eyes are shielded with something

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                    No matter how comfortable you are, you are constantly aware that something is in your eyes. Just pretend it’s all cool and go about your day.

                    10. You feel terrible because you forgot to take out your contacts before going to bed

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                      You forgot to remove your contacts before heading to bed and now you have to stumble around in the dark to take them out at 3 am — no matter how sleepy you are.

                      11. You are often reminded of how injurious lenses can be

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                        People seem to know a lot more about contact lenses than you do, and they won’t shy away from telling you. You have to endure the torture of listening to people lecturing you on how terrible wearing contact lenses can be.

                        12. You have something extra to carry

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                          You’ve always got to carry around lens solution, a contact case, and your glasses — just in case.

                          13. You have to be careful with your nails

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                            Contact lenses and nails don’t go together. Once you start wearing lenses, you may have to say goodbye to those long nails.

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                            14. You have to deal with the dry eyes

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                              Staying out past 3 am can be difficult when the air conditioning and smoke machines are turned on.

                              15.  You know how tough it is to fix a contact that has folded in half

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                                When your contact lenses get folded, you really need to blink to save those eyes. It may not always work, but you’ve got to try.

                                Featured photo credit: n4i via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on April 6, 2020

                                10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

                                10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

                                Most discussions on positively influencing others eventually touch on Dale Carnegie’s seminal work, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Written more than 83 years ago, the book touches on a core component of human interaction, building strong relationships. It is no wonder why.

                                Everything that we do hinges on our ability to connect with others and formulate deep relationships. You cannot sell a house, buy a house, advance in most careers, sell a product, pitch a story, teach a course, etc. without building healthy relationships. Managers get the best results from their teams, not through brute force, but to careful appeals to their sensibilities, occasional withdrawals from the reservoir of respect they’ve built. Using these tactics, they can influence others to excellence, to productivity, and to success.

                                Carnegie’s book is great. Of course, there are other resources too. Most of us have someone in our lives who positively influences us. The truth is positively influencing people is about centering the humanity of others. Chances are, you know someone who is really good at making others feel like stars. They can get you to do things that the average person cannot. Where the requests of others sound like fingernails on a chalkboard, the request from this special person sounds like music to your ears. You’re delighted to not only listen but also to oblige.

                                So how to influence people in a positive way? Read on for tips.

                                1. Be Authentic

                                To influence people in a positive way, be authentic. Rather than being a carbon copy of someone else’s version of authenticity, uncover what it is that makes you unique.

                                Discover your unique take on an issue and then live up to and honor that. Once of the reasons social media influencers are so powerful is that they have carved out a niche for themselves or taken a common issue and approached it from a novel or uncommon way. People instinctually appreciate people whose public persona matches their private values.

                                Contradictions bother us because we crave stability. When someone professes to be one way, but lives contrary to that profession, it signals that they are confused or untrustworthy and thereby, inauthentic. Neither of these combinations bode well for positively influencing others.

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                                2. Listen

                                Growing up, my father would tell me to listen to what others said. He told me if I listened carefully, I would know all I needed to know about a person’s character, desires and needs.

                                To positively influence others, you must listen to what is spoken and what is left unsaid. Therein lies the explanation for what people need in order to feel validated, supported and seen. If a person feels they are invisible, and unseen by their superiors, they are less likely to be positively influenced by that person.

                                Listening meets a person’s primary need of validation and acceptance.

                                Take a look at this guide on how to be a better listener: How to Practice Active Listening (A Step-By-Step Guide)

                                3. Become an Expert

                                Most people are predisposed to listen to, if not respect, authority. If you want to positively influence others, become an authority in the area in which you seek to lead others. Research and read everything you can about the given topic, and then look for opportunities to put your education into practice.

                                You can argue over opinions. You cannot argue, or it is unwise to argue, over facts and experts come with facts.

                                4. Lead with Story

                                From years of working in the public relations space, I know that personal narratives, testimonials and impact stories are incredibly powerful. But I never cease to be amazed with how effective a well-timed and told story can be.

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                                If you want to influence people, learn to tell stories. Your stories should be related to the issue or concept you are discussing. They should be an analogy or metaphor that explains your topic in ordinary terms and in vivid detail. To learn more about how to tell powerful stories, and the ethics of storytelling, take a look at this article: How To Tell An Interesting Story In 4 Simple Steps

                                5. Lead by Example

                                It is incredibly inspiring to watch passionate, talented people at work or play. One of the reasons a person who is not an athlete can be in awe of athletic prowess is because human nature appreciates the extraordinary. When we watch the Olympics, Olympic trials, gymnastic competitions, ice skating, and other competitive sports, we can recognize the effort of people who day in and day out give their all. C

                                ase in point: Simone Biles. The gymnast extraordinaire won her 6TH all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships after doing a triple double. She was the first woman to do so. Watching her gave me chills. Even non-gymnasts and non-competitive athletes can appreciate the talent required to pull off such a remarkable feat.

                                We celebrate remarkable accomplishments and believe that their example is proof that we too can accomplish something great, even if it isn’t qualifying for the Olympics. To influence people in a positive way, we must lead by example, lead with intention and execute with excellence.

                                6. Catch People Doing Good

                                A powerful way to influence people in a positive way is to catch people doing good. Instead of looking for problems, look for successes. Look for often overlooked, but critically important things that your peers, subordinates and managers do that make the work more effective and more enjoyable.

                                Once you catch people doing good, name and notice their contributions.

                                7. Be Effusive with Praise

                                It did not take me long to notice a remarkable trait of a former boss. He not only began and ended meetings with praise, but he peppered praise throughout the entire meeting. He found a way to celebrate the unique attributes and skills of his team members. He was able to quickly and accurately assess what people were doing well and then let them and their colleagues know.

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                                Meetings were not just an occasion to go through a “To Do” list, they were opportunities to celebrate accomplishments, no matter how small they are.

                                8. Be Kind Rather Than Right

                                I am going to level with you; this one is tough. It is easy to get caught up in a cycle of proving oneself. For people who lack confidence, or people who prioritize the opinions of others, being right is important. The validation that comes with being perceived as “right” feeds one’s ego. But in the quest to be “right,” we can hurt other people. Once we’ve hurt someone by being unkind, it is much harder to get them to listen to what we’re trying to influence them to do.

                                The antidote to influencing others via bullying is to prioritize kindness above rightness. You can be kind and still stand firm in your position. For instance, many people think that they need others to validate their experience. If a person does not see the situation you experienced in the way you see it, you get upset. But your experience is your experience.

                                If you and your friends go out to eat and you get food poisoning, you do not need your friends to agree that the food served at the restaurant was problematic for you. Your own experience of getting food poisoning is all the validation you need. Therefore, taking time to be right is essentially wasted and, if you were unkind in seeking validation for your food-poison experience, now you’ve really lost points.

                                9. Understand a Person’s Logical, Emotional and Cooperative Needs

                                The Center for Creative Leadership has argued that the best way to influence others is to appeal to their logical, emotional and cooperative needs. Their logical need is their rational and educational need. Their emotional need is the information that touches them in a deeply personal manner. The cooperative need is understanding the level of cooperation various individuals need and then appropriately offering it.

                                The trick with this system is to understand that different people need different things. For some people, a strong emotional appeal will outweigh logical explanations. For others, having an opportunity to collaborate will override emotional connection.

                                If you know your audience, you will know what they need in order to be positively influenced. If you have limited information about the people whom you are attempting to influence, you will be ineffective.

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                                10. Understand Your Lane

                                If you want to positively influence others, operate from your sphere of influence. Operate from your place of expertise. Leave everything else to others. Gone are the days when being a jack of all trades is celebrated.

                                Most people appreciate brands that understand their target audience and then deliver on what that audience wants. When you focus on what you are uniquely gifted and qualified to do, and then offer that gift to the people who need it, you are likely more effective. This effectiveness is attractive.

                                You cannot positively influence others if you are more preoccupied by what others do well versus what you do well.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Influencing people is about centering your humanity. If you want to influence others positively, focus on the way you communicate and improve the relationship with yourself first.

                                It’s hard to influence others if you’re still trying to figure out how to communicate with yourself.

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