How Will You Know What You’re Missing?
There are things in life you’ll never forget seeing. They can be unusual, inspiring, or just plain weird. They may even be once in a lifetime events. Think about some of the most memorable sights in your life. It could be a national monument, a natural treasure, or something less grand but no less beautiful, like the dimples on a baby when she smiles. Then think about how few people will see the same things – or see them the same way. Now imagine if, when you saw it, your vision wasn’t clear. Would you have missed out on the finer details? Would you have seen it at all?
A Once In A Lifetime Sight – Sort Of
Last Friday I was at our local high school football game. It was a beautiful evening, with clear skies and just the right temperature. With apologies to the Cougar football team, I headed to the field with a sense of anticipation – but not for the game.
A friend of mine told me the International Space Station (ISS) could be seen that night by most people East of the Mississippi. I was charged. I didn’t know you could see the ISS with the naked eye, and I set a reminder on my smartphone to make sure I wouldn’t miss it.
Although I knew the exact moment it would come into view, I kept my eyes skyward for an hour. I’m pretty sure others noticed, because I saw the people around me looking up too. When the ISS sailed into view, I pointed and exclaimed, “There it is!”
For the next three minutes, I was transfixed.
It arced across the night sky and set over the far horizon. Excitement grew around me too, once the people in the crowd realized what they were looking at. The buzz lasted for several minutes after the ISS was out of sight, and then we gradually settled back into the football game.
I couldn’t believe I had seen it. I was in awe – astronauts were living in the ISS over 200 miles above the Earth, cruising along at over 17,000 miles per hour. I wondered what they saw as they gazed at their humble planet below. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Or so I thought.
As it turns out, the ISS is visible even in broad daylight. And, flyovers are relatively common. You can find a schedule of them here.
But the chance to see it again is just a bonus. Here’s my point: that night I was wearing a high definition, glare free version of Transitions Vantage lenses. And boy, was I glad. When I was still thinking I’d never see the ISS again, I was thanking myself for remembering some of my best eyewear. I thought, “If I didn’t have these, I might not have seen the ISS at all.”
What About You?
Now think back to something you’ve seen that you’ll never forget. Perhaps it was an example of fine art. Maybe it was a natural wonder. Or more simply, it could have been a flower clinging to a rock. Or the time you spotted a bird as it called from within a grove of the trees. Without crisp, clear vision you stand a chance of letting these moments of beauty pass you by.
These are just examples of some pretty amazing details you might miss:
- You won’t miss the Grand Canyon if your prescription is out of date. But you might miss the Colorado River rapids thousands of feet below.
- You may not miss the Capitol Building, but you might miss the Statue of Freedom on top.
- You won’t miss Redwood National Forest, but you might miss the texture of the leaves as you gaze upwards.
- And like me on that Friday night, if you’re hoping for a glimpse of something small and fleeting, is it possible you’ll miss it altogether if you haven’t made the effort to improve your visual lifestyle?
In my last post, I said life is too beautiful to live with blurry vision. There are many other reasons to upgrade your visual lifestyle such as eye health, loved ones, and productivity. But beauty is my favorite reason. And it falls into my favorite category of living the visual lifestyle: appreciation. See how Mrs. Jones practices it in this post.
If you won’t do it for productivity, clear vision, or eye health, do it for beauty. Everyone seeks it and everyone needs it. Don’t be left wondering if you’re missing out. Enhance your visual lifestyle and seek the beauty of the world, knowing you’ll be seeing every last ounce.