Be Aware


My eyes have been opened and I am in awe of the process. The first eye opening process came from being very nearsighted.

I saw everything in magnifying glass dimensions. Everything was up close and personal. I was caught looking at another student’s paper during a test in the beginning of 4th grade. The teacher went ballistic on me. After her horrid diatribe, I had the wherewithal to tell her I could not see the board and I did not copy answers. I told her that I had my own answers, but I could not see the board, so I did have to copy the questions. This ended up after much hullabaloo with me seeing an optometrist and getting fitted for my first pair of GLASSES.  I thrived for the next segment of my life, but the nearsighted view of the world, put me into a self-centered arena. Being self-centered is where most people reside. You know what you see, you add what you hear, and you do what you do. For me, the self-centered existence has lingered for the longest time and been the most profound.

The next segment for me was the cocoon, the chrysalis, and the metamorphosis, which is “a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.” This change was paramount to me. Becoming a nice, fairly well rounded, accomplished person, who has never stopped being nearsighted, is cherished.

Regarding the nearsightedness in human beings, I want you to know that what I love about myself is that I have been nearsighted all of my life and I love that view. Now that cataracts are just beginning to grow, some one of these days I will have to have cataract surgery. Then, you as well as I have to make a decision. Do you put in a nearsighted lens or a 20/20 lens, or wait until you are nearly blind with indecision. I want to be nearsighted. I can see the world in old dimensions. I can pick up the teeniest little bit of information and I can see the world, as a few others have been able to see it. How many of you can say you have seen the world under a microscope? You have no idea what you can see being nearsighted. It is like going around in your life here and there using a magnifying glass. That will/would be hard to give up wouldn’t you say?

Putting in a 20/20 vision lenses in my eyes to be used day and night, day in and day out, would cast my view in completely different vistas. I would not be able to go into my heretofore known world without help. So, I would be beholden to the nearness or handiness of a magnifying tool that my eyes have always done for me.

My friend C. says to get the 20/20 vision lens because when you are a really, really old lady, in a retirement or care facility, they will always be losing your glasses, so 20/20 will be helpful. Not having to look for your glasses everyday more than once or twice would be fantastic.

Heretofore, I have always been a nearsighted lifetime adventurer, a self centered one, and a morphed one will be a future decision, so I am going to, and hope you do, too, make the best of things as they are right NOW!



9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nuala Ryan
    Mar 08, 2016 @ 15:13:55

    What a gift you received. Thank you for giving me insight into nearsightedness and the uniqueness of you.

    Constant awareness of the NOW is the key to a life of harmony. Retirement Home may never be a reality.


  2. Sheila Clapkin
    Mar 08, 2016 @ 15:17:39

    Dear Nuala,
    The key word to all of this and its balance is your word HARMONY. Many of us should include harmony as we anticipate life and the harmoniousness we are allowed to receive as living beings.
    Much Thanks!
    Sheila, your friend.


  3. Joyce Hopping Rettela
    Mar 08, 2016 @ 15:27:37

    Sheila, now I wonder who was your fourth grade teacher? Did we have the same teacher? That is one grade that I cannot remember the name, but I did like her and I think I went over to her house one time.


  4. Sheila Clapkin
    Mar 08, 2016 @ 15:31:46

    Oh Joyce, funny, I cannot remember her name. Oh you lucky, you got to go over to her house. I would certainly remember that…
    How is the garden coming along now? I can nearly smell the freshness.


  5. Dina
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 06:06:05

    I often think about the fine details I miss when I don’t use my reading glasses. I’m constantly surprised when I use my strongest ones. I marvel at the beauty of the quinoa’s shape, the full and lengthy eye-lashes of my daughters’ eyes, and sometimes the dust that has built up in unusual places. I guess my sight change has taught me to know there is beauty everywhere, sometimes unseen in all of us. xoxo


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Mar 09, 2016 @ 10:13:02

      I am so pleased that you are realizing that taking a closer, look through prescribed lenses opens a new world to you. Seeing shapes in Quinoa and the beauty of your daughter’s eyelashes makes tears come to my eyes. Keep looking and pointing out to friends, family, and your students how much is sometimes unseen, therefore, unnoticed. Keep it in the here and now!
      Yo mama!


  6. Sheryl
    Mar 20, 2016 @ 19:26:10

    You are continuing to encourage me to think about things from new angles and perspectives. I’m also nearsighted. Until I read this post, I’d never really considered the advantages of being nearsighted.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Mar 21, 2016 @ 17:37:52

      You now have many new things to see and ponder. I forgot to say being nearsighted is like having a zoom lens. All is well and enjoy your blog so much. Spinach? Why not! Spinach also reduces pain. Let me at ti!


      • Sheryl
        Mar 21, 2016 @ 18:00:44

        I have so much fun doing my blog, and it’s wonderful to hear that you enjoy it. I felt very healthy after eating the spinach–I think my memories of Popeye the Sailor Man were part of it. 🙂

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