Back in 2012, I underwent LASIK surgery. I did lots of research about the different types of procedures, what was involved, as well as the side effects. I knew many people had already walked this path before I did, but, for me, this was a huge deal. After all, you only have one pair of eyes. What if something happened? What if I ended up with double vision or halos at night? Even worse than that…what if I lost my sight?! I’m happy to report that the surgery went off without a hitch, and here I am seven years later still with great eyesight. It fascinates me every day that I wake up and can see across the room clearly without the aid of glasses or contacts. I mention all this because something crossed my mind recently, and it’s really got me thinking. If you had one last day of sight, what would you do? Where would you go? What would hold your gaze? What would you want the last image to be that you’d remember forever?
Would you take in a beautiful sunrise or sunset? Would you go watch one last baseball game? Would you stay in and watch every one of your favorite movies? Would you stare for hours at the faces of your loved ones, memorizing every line, every smile, every expression? How do you choose? How could you? Just the thought of this brings me to tears.
I know that most of the time, I take my vision for granted. Sure, I am still the type to always stop and smell the flowers. I marvel at the beauty around me. I appreciate the colors that seem to evolve into hues I’ve never imagined. The patterns and details of the world around me can be mind-boggling, but what, in the end, would I choose as the last thing I ever saw? It’s a question I hope I never have to answer for real.
Would my life be over if I lost my sight? No. Would it be an extremely difficult adjustment given I’ve been able to see my entire life? Absolutely! In the end, the point is to appreciate this amazing gift of being able to envision the world around me and to never lose sight of what’s truly important.