Recently I was away from home in a strange environment, which is always a golden opportunity for me to learn more about my vision habits. One morning as I carefully descended some steps I’d used a few times already, I noticed something very interesting. Before I go into that, let me say going down stairs is often challenging for myopes. They tend to be ungrounded, and maybe they can’t see the steps clearly which will make them feel uncomfortable.
On the stairs I realized I had memorized the number of steps, and I was counting in my head as I took each one, instead of looking! ACK! I found out years ago that I had the common bad vision habit of taking a quick glance, like a snapshot, then looking at that in my mind rather than looking at what was in front of my eyes. If the scene is changing moment by moment, obviously I could miss things using (or not using!) my eyes this way. I’ve worked on this a lot, and clearly I need more work.
This post is not about stairs — that’s just one example of how I can practice being connected to my surroundings, or not. I hate to admit it, but for a lot of my life I did not want to be connected to my environment. Give me a book, and let me escape!
Now I do want to be connected to my surroundings and the people in them, very much. This means my visual system is connected as well, and I’m really looking at things. I’ve said before that when I came out from behind my glasses it felt like coming out of a cage to join the rest of Humanity. Of course I want to look at my human family, and at the glories of Mother Earth!
Are you here, now, looking gratefully at your own surroundings? See if you can pay just a bit more attention today, so you don’t miss something special!