In 2010, I was asked by a good friend of mine to perform singing in a band on stage for the Cultural Night our school had organized. I remember not being nervous about singing on stage in front of hundreds of people, for there was a stronger fear distracting my mind at the time, you guessed it, wearing contact lenses. I know, I know, some of you are like, What Now?!, but some of you are probably feeling emphatic, that you’d understand the little transparent lens is a phobia no less. When I was first introduced by the optometrist of the contact lenses, I was feeling nothing about it. It was only after he took half an hour to help put on one side of the lens in my eye that I started worrying in my little head about how tough this thing was. The second lens took more time than the first because my eyes were feeling more uncomfortable. After that, he took them out with ease and started teaching me how to put them on. I received my very first lens-wearing lesson and it was a tragic failure. I kept checking the clock and it took him approximately 45 minutes before giving up. He told me this, three years ago there was this client of his who simply couldn’t wear lenses on his own, which he believes (I think he still does) that I am the similar case. He’d advised me to go to him before the event so that he could help put on those lenses on me. I went home and believed in this message for seven years. I’ve gone through events which I needed to put on makeup and dress up, either begging my sister, my mom or asking a friend just to help me with putting on contacts. It was a constant reminder of my failure. Until two days ago, again, before a huge event in which I needed to put on contact lenses, I finally successfully defeated the false belief, conquered my fear, and achieved one of my personal triumphs in life. All thanks to a video I’ve found on Youtube.
The success brought me so much joy, I was nearly bursting into tears. It has just proved once again that I can do anything if I were to set my heart and mind to it.
Apart from my optimistic belief of anything is possible, I must say, that a stronger motivation behind me finding ways to overcome my mountain was the imminent future Author Michio Kaku wrote about lenses,
“…in the future, the Internet will be everywhere – in wall screens, furniture, on billboards, even in our glasses and contact lenses. When we blink, we will go online.”