I See You
“There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means.”
Age takes away some of what makes us vital. Or it can. Or maybe it tries to and succeeds if we allow it. Sight and hearing certainly are perishable capabilities. There are things we can do to compensate and there are things unavoidable. Losing a step or two, knees and backs, shoulders and stamina… all things that time targets with varying degrees of impact.
But what about vision? What about that which our mind perceives when our eyes (or heart) choose to focus on something in our path? Need that degrade with time? Must “reality” or cynicism or despair color our lives as we face some of the less-than desirable truths that life dishes? Does our perception need to suffer the same fate as our physical bodies?
If you are reading this <45 years of age, you likely cannot relate. If you are >50, you almost certainly can. Regardless, the same fate awaits us all. Time will take a toll on some of our physical attributes and abilities. But our vision? Oh, our vision!
“It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.”
~Henry David Thoreau
You know the truth. There are simply too many amazing stories of those who have overcome. People who have suffered life-altering circumstances only to rise above and accomplish things those of us without similar limitations cannot imagine. I recently chatted with a friend from the mortgage business. She told me of a doctor in the Portland, Oregon area who has overcome much. He is a paraplegic. He does not have the use of his legs. Yet he was successful in achieving the credentials necessary to practice medicine.
If that alone was his story, it would be enough. However, he is beloved by his patients. His reviews are exemplary. His impact on the life of his patients and their families is positive and memorable. Oh, did I mention… he’s a doctor yes but more, he is a surgeon. A highly regarded surgeon who decided not to be limited by the fact that he does not have the use of his legs. Get your mind around that.
Another story of a local woman, legally blind (can still see some images but qualifies as legally blind). This amazing woman, 60+ years of age and with a love for the game of golf, still plays regularly. Plays golf. Regularly. Legally blind. Someone helps her find the ball, gives her a little assistance on the line-up of the next shot, and she plays… for the love of the game and because she can!
So, what can’t you do? What limits me from things I dream about? What haven’t I done because I don’t have the skill set? What have you decided is just not attainable?
“In every situation, life is asking us a question, and our actions are the answer.”