Another Season

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It’s a new season in my life—one that will, at least for extended reading periods, require reading glasses. Now this may not seem like a big deal to some, but this is yet another mile marker that seemingly happened overnight.

Over the weekend, I noticed that my eyes felt extremely fatigued and at times, my vision was blurred. By the time that I went to bed Sunday night, I knew that something simply was not right.

Later that night, I remembered a conversation with a friend.  When I told her that I was going back to school, she warned me about the vision risk due to the excessive reading.  It happened to her husband, and now it was happening to me.

After my eye appointment Monday morning, which confirmed the extreme eye fatigue and the need for point 1 reading glasses to alleviate some of the stress, the hunt ensued. Five stores later, I was the proud owner of a pair of purple and black reading glasses. (It takes family to really offer the sensitivity and perspective needed for such a situation.  My brother said, “at least you still have your hair!”)

Once home and resting my eyes again, I decided to try the reading glasses.  Now I See!  My eyes still felt tired, but I knew that would pass as I continued to rest them and take frequent breaks while reading.  (Lately, it had become customary to read six hours straight or more–each day–even after a day’s work!  I wouldn’t recommend it.)

This is simply another season in life. Do I mind getting older? No, I do not.  Does this mean that I like disclosing my age?  Let’s just say that I would rather disclose my weight.  We each have our idiosyncrasies, don’t we?!

Nevertheless, I am in touch with the reality of getting older and hopefully wiser, but that remains to be seen. (No pun intended.)


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  1. Posted January 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Know how you feel, Shelly! Eye fatigue is a drag! 🙂

  2. shelly
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Keneta! I had no idea!!! Nevertheless, I get it now. Taking frequent breaks! Blessings friend.

  3. Shana Hensley
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Miss Shelly, I too have reading glasses! It’s a tough one.. I didn’t need them until I started taking classes at Liberty. It was during my first year that I started wearing them. In the beginning I had some difficulty getting used to them but after my eyes adjusted the fatigue began to go away and now my eyes just won’t allow reading without them. Prayers!

  4. Shelly
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Well, thank you for sharing my pain. LOL! I only have to wear them during extended reading periods. Nevertheless, that’s been pretty much every day lately!!! I appreciate your prayers my friend.

  5. Kelli
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Ladies, I too am the proud owner of readers! I got my first pair exactly 2 years ago for pretty much the same “eye fatigue” from excessive reading and computer use. Recently, I noticed the strength in my glasses are no longer doing the trick so I went for an eye exam. I figure after 2 years that makes good sense. Yep…I was right…gotta step it up a bit on the strength. I am on the lookout for 1.25’s in some snazzy colors that will make this “little” thing of getting a bit older seem as attractive as that wisdom Shelly so beautifully referred to in her post:)

  6. Shelly Johns
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Kelli, you are too precious! I laughed so hard as I read your comment. Now that I know you, I could almost hear your voice as I read the words. LOL! (Yes, I can hear. Hehe haha.) Anyway, we girls must age and do so with God-given humor. So glad that I get to journey with God-gals such as you! Blessings.

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