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What the eye can’t see, the heart don’t fret about.

Posted in Aging, Health, and Life & Love

woman-too-much-makeup1A few mornings ago, seeing as summer was on the way, I decided to shave my legs. I only had a couple of disposable razors to hand, and they’d been lying around for a while, so I wasn’t sure how sharp they were. I decided to take both off to the shower – figuring they would get the job done between them. The first one worked ok for a while, but started to drag. So I swapped over to the other –smooth as silk. Job finished, I towelled off and went on my merry way.

Doing a forward bend at yoga the next day, I realised I had missed large swathes of hair on my shins. Completely annoyed that the damn razors hadn’t worked I headed home to chuck them both out – only to realise that I had been shaving with the plastic safety sheaths still in place.

Which I hadn’t noticed – because I can’t wear glasses in the shower. And if I am not wearing glasses; I can’t see a damn thing close up anymore.  Cairo… sure, something scribbled on a piece of paper – not a jot.

I have two pairs of glasses that I alternate through the day when I am working – they both give me headaches after a while. One of them has a bit of kitchen towel stuck into the hinge with sticky tape in the left hand corner. The fancy gold fitting has fallen out (for the second time) and I am buggered if I am going to replace it – a waste of another $100. The kids laugh at me.

3719253317_aa90aba900_zBut here’s the thing. I look so much better without my glasses on. My pores are smaller, my skin smoother, my eyebrows perfectly arched. I get fewer spots, apply my eyeliner straight first time round and don’t worry if I’m sporting that attractive blink of mascara across my upper eye arch – because I can’t see any of it.

These days I don’t get my knickers in a twist wondering why no-one told me I have a spot on the end of my nose or a spare rib in my teeth. When someone points it out – I am just grateful. Otherwise I will wander around all day… blissfully unaware.

In fact – I don’t pick at much of anything anymore: myself, situation, people, circumstances. A wise Greek fellow once said: ‘The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being’ – but I am not so sure. I think there is a lesson in my blind-as-a-batty-old-broad-ness.

If something is looming so large that I can see it without lenses, then it clearly merits immediate attention. That which I can’t see without employing a 5x magnification mirror, doesn’t seem to bear worrying about.

Sorry Socrates.

(Images both in the public domain.)

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  1. Nodded in agreement with everything as I read this fab post. Only downside for me is whatever I can’t or won’t see my kids will see for me!

    September 5, 2013
  2. silvia

    As long as you can see what is important to see why bother?
    That was real fun to read

    August 30, 2013
  3. Yes! I love looking at myself naked in the mirror without my glasses on – I have, like, zero cellulite and a bottom as smooth as a baby’s! Magic 🙁
    Another bonus: You don’t see how dirty your bathroom actually is. Yey!

    August 27, 2013

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