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Real Struggles Only People Who Wear Contact Lenses Can Understand

Real Struggles Only People Who Wear Contact Lenses Can Understand

Contact lenses. They are so small and so complex! Since Da Vinci first came up with the idea of putting something on the eyes in the 1500s, we’ve been pretty addicted to these small items, but not necessarily for the right reasons. Contacts are supposed to improve your vision, but they quickly became fashion accessories and even nightmare material – think Maisie Williams!

It’s clear we have an addiction to contact lenses, a sort of can’t live with, can’t live without case. People who wear glasses to improve their vision crave a pair of discreet lenses, but when they have it, they enter a new range of problems. The sky is not the limit with contact lenses, even if the giants of technology trick us into believing it is. Contacts have made a long journey from simple glass to permeable substances and built-in cameras, but they still come with a lot of issues. Let’s call them struggles, for the sake of this article, dedicated to all the contact-wearers who wouldn’t change their little lenses for the trendiest pair of glasses. Ever!

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When you lose one lense you feel the end is near

All people who wear contact lenses know the struggle to find a perfect fit pair, as well as the cost of that perfect fit. This is why they feel the end of everything is near when one of their lenses become lost. Losing a contact is one of the worst things that can happen to you, especially when it happens outside your house. Depending on your ailment, the road back home can become an ordeal, as you only have to rely on one eye for walking straight on the street or driving. Then there is the money issue: a good pair of contacts is expensive. Unless you want to become blind you do need to invest in your lenses, which makes losing them a nightmare. It’s enough to lose one, to make the other one useless.

You can’t go with the flow and have a sleepover

Contact lenses might be great when you want to try on the mesmerizing smokey eye makeup, but after the mesmerizing phase is gone and you are asked to spend the night at someone’s house, you start panicking. Contact-wearers will recognize the struggle of having to pick between  sleeping with the lenses on and carrying their contact cleaning supplies with them 24/7. Or the third option, which is rejecting the sleepover. The reality is all people who wear contact lenses have to make sure they have an extra pair with them, as well as all the gear needed to clean them and store them for the night. The alternative to this is gruesome, as sleeping with your lenses on can lead to blindness, so it’s not something to play with.

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Another thing you can’t do when you are wearing your lenses is swim, so plan your pool parties carefully.

Your eyes are in tears more often than you wish

Contacts make your eyes more prone to dryness and can increase the sensitivity, which means your eyes will be in tears on windy days. Of course, wind is not the only thing that can reduce you to tears, but it’s one of the most common problems. Thanks to Murphy, your eyes will start crying at the most inopportune moments. Like in the middle of a very important business meeting.

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You can’t watch TV before sleep without glasses

Many people believe contact-wearers don’t need glasses, but the reality is we need them more than you think. For example, after the lenses come off and go to their case, you can’t see clear, so watching TV before sleep is impossible without glasses. Similar situations abound in the life of a person who relies on contact lenses.

When you can’t wear them, you will miss them

One of the struggles people who don’t wear contacts will never understand is how much you miss your little friends when you can’t wear them. Behind a pair of glasses, which are sure to sparkle interest among every person you are going to meet, you will be complaining how hard it is to be forced to wear these trendy accessories. Then, when you get your lenses back, you will be complaining about all the above, but if someone tries to persuade you to switch to glasses, you will be appalled.

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On the bright side, you rock Halloween

People who wear contact lenses almost always rock Halloween parties, because they know exactly how to get the best cosplay, using sclera contacts. There is nothing more frightful than black scleras, which completely cover your eyes, making you look more like Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit. But there is also a downside of sclera contact lenses: you have to forgo driving and other activities which require a sharp vision, as they cause a tunnel-like vision.

You often feel like Cinderella

Remember how Cinderella had to be back home by midnight? Contact-wearers remember it very well because we know exactly just how long we can wear the lenses before our eyes start itching and become infected.

The struggle of taking out your lenses

This one is specific to people who wear colored lenses, which look fantastic and give you the most amazing eye colors, but have to come out. There are multiple types of colored lenses – visibility lenses, which only have a slight coloration to help you maneuver them easier; enhancement lenses, which enhance your natural eye color, and opaque lenses which completely hide your eye color and replace it with the color of the lenses – so depending on which one you wear, your friends/partner might have a shock when the lenses come off. But falling in love with a green-eyed beauty who is a brown-eyed beauty is one of the modern struggles, right?

Featured photo credit: Albumarium via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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