When I was in middle school I knew I needed glasses, but I was never going to admit that. My parents had enough to worry about and I didn’t think my vision problem was a big deal. It wasn’t until I had an eye exam at school and my parents received a notification that my vision was impaired, that I went to get my first pair of glasses. I don’t remember a time before I couldn’t see clearly even though I know there was one. I only remember how perfect my vision was when I tried on my glasses for the first time in 2008. I still remember the first thing I could see from afar, which was the roof of the mall from a completely different shopping center. Though it’s nothing spectacular, I remember it as clearly as it was the day I saw it seven years ago.

It took some time for me to get used to wearing my glasses, partly because I had also just gotten braces at the time and was a very impressionable middle-schooler and didn’t want to enhance my nerd status. However, I needed my glasses and realized that once I started wearing them, I received compliments. Not to mention I could see the board clearly and though it didn’t help me understand math, at least I could make out the numbers and symbols my teacher had written.


It’s interesting to think about why sight/vision is important because it just is. It’s more difficult to explain than you realize. Sight is important because no one deserves anything less than the full experience of living and doing so with clear vision. Sure there are people who live fulfilling lives despite being unable to see, but it’s unfortunate that people without clear vision don’t get to experience the same world I do thanks to my contacts and glasses.


The literal concept of vision may be important but having a vision, whether it be of success or happiness or anything else, leads to motivation and determination. “Vision” is one of those words you hang up on an inspiration wall alongside “respect” and “discipline,” willing you to work hard and achieve whatever you put your mind to.


Theodore Roosevelt’s quote, “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground,” encourages me to strive for any vision I may have and to recognize that my ability to achieve has no limitations. The quote also tells me to stay humble and aware. To me, Roosevelt’s quote embodies the spirit of perseverance and gratitude, both of which are imperative when working hard to accomplish a goal.


As a four-eyed middle-schooler, I didn’t really have any set goals other than trying to look as cool as my braces-and-glasses-free twin sister. As a college student, my visions are endless and I am determined and excited to achieve them.