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Here’s to 2020 vision

I have crappy vision. There I said it. When I was nine years, I started to wear glasses. Or so I think. I know for sure that at 14 years old, I was wearing glasses. And, I hated it. It designated me as a nerd. Or so that’s how society classified visually challenged people. How did that even happen? It makes no sense. If you have perfect vision, are you a party-goer who reads no books? Doesn’t matter. Glasses are cool now. I have super cool glasses that make a statement. What type of statement I don’t know. I suppose the statement is in the eye of the beholder.

Growing up we were all told that we want 20/20 vision. Many felt that was the perfect vision to strive for. If one could strive for such a thing. However. 20/20 vision is meant to convey normal visual acuity measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. It doesn’t mean perfect vision. We were all striving, on a large metaphorical scale, for a perfection that doesn’t exist.

Now, we are in the year 2020 and many are hoping that things will come into sharp focus and the wrongs will be righted. Well, that is something nice to aspire to. Why not? The year 2020 has a nice ring and connotation to it. It feels grand. It feels important. What it will bring, however, is to be seen. Interestingly, Oprah has a 2020 tour to discuss bringing your vision into focus. I will not be attending that. I created my own vision board to help orient me forward. Despite my skepticism of Oprah’s event, it sold out in hours. Oh well.

Despite 20/20 vision not being perfect vision it is about being able to see more clearly. At a macro level, how sharp our vision is impacts our quality of life. Thus, we do what we need to in order to enhance our vision. To focus our vision. Because of the symbolism of this year, we can tap into that to aim for charting clearer paths for ourselves. It can be a bit cheesy of a thought, but we should always try to seize upon that which may propel us forward in healthy ways.