Thats all I have to do, follow the white line… but which one. Re-constructive eye surgery saved my sight but also gave me a bonus, two worlds for the price of one. I’ve had permanent double vision since the mid 80’s. Lets face it, finding my coffee in the morning or walking down the sidewalk is a big enough challenge to keep me on my toes.
Pursuing a career as an adventure photographer, writer and traveler is an off the charts challenge. Sure I could have just gone on disability and had a safe, easy, boring life but that was and is not my destiny.
The two worlds I live in are both frightening and beautiful. You could never imagine how beautiful the sunsets are, the sense of satisfaction I receive when my camera turns out priceless images or the feeling of accomplishment I have every time I return from a bike ride in one piece.
Reading and writing is the most difficult, but its through the lens that I find my greatest challenge, within seconds of squinting one eye to look through the viewfinder I become dizzy and nauseous.
My dislexia adds the final challenge as my double world is also backwards. Of course I’m not writing this for myself, A good friend recently admitted that they were crippled with fear over an upcoming adventure. To be honest I have been crippled with fear every day of my life just at the prospect of surviving in this dizzy world I live in. My simple message is that if you are not following those dreams you have while your eyes are wide open maybe you just don’t want them badly enough. Shit or get off the pot.
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
― Randy Pausch