Struggles Only People That Wear Glasses Will Understand

Struggles Only People That Wear Glasses Will Understand

Has this ever happened to you?
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Seeing the world is a beautiful thing. Seeing it behind glasses can be difficult, especially if your prescription needs to be updated or you simply have smudges on your lenses. I got my first pair of glasses when I was in fourth grade and I was so excited to pick out my frames and a pretty little case! However, I felt a bit self conscious in front of my peers when I had to wear them to see the board at school. Sitting at home and watching TV was a different story though! It was a whole new world being able to see things more clearly!

Thankfully since then, I have become completely confident wearing my glasses. They make me who I am and I had plenty of other things to worry and be self conscious about anyway. As I went through middle school and high school though, more and more people seemed to be getting glasses. I did not stand out anymore. I could have sworn some people did not even need them, they just wore them to be part of the fashion trend.

At times I would wear my glasses just in class, so I would take them off to walk in the hallways between classes. That was not a good idea at all! I could not tell if people down the hall were waving to me or if I even knew them. I probably seemed like a jerk.

I did the same thing a few times while at college too. My brother sat on my glasses by accident...two days before I had to go back to school! They are a bit crooked, but I managed to bend them back enough so that I can wear them. The struggle is too real.

Recently, I seemed like a jerk because I left my glasses off to walk to the bathroom. It is only a few doors over from my dorm room, but as my luck would have it, some girl was walking towards me and said, “Hey, Caitlyn!” I could not tell who she was, so I just replied with a “Hey” back. Of course when she was close enough, I immediately recognized her. I felt so bad for not saying her name. I usually like to use other people's names when I say hello, especially if they say mine first.

Also, I am the type of person who can’t hear people at times if I don’t have my glasses on...yes you read that correctly. I hope I am not the only crazy person and that this happens to others at times. If I ask you to repeat yourself three or four times, try to put yourself in my shoes. I apologize for my seemingly rude manner and for being annoying, but I will not guarantee that it won't happen again.

I hope some people can actually recognize and be understanding in these situations when people like me don’t have their glasses on or their contacts in. We are not being rude, we just cannot see you. To make matters worse, the expenses for sight have gone up. I am going to have to save up for new frames and, unfortunately, deal with my cockeyed spectacles for now.

People with good vision are very lucky. On behalf of all of us with poor vision, I ask only a few things of those with great sight: do not sit on our glasses, do not take them and put them on your own face, and most importantly, do not get offended when we do not say hello right away or fail to say your name.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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20 Thoughts Every Tomboy Has While Attempting To Do Her Makeup

"I don't have a Kabuki brush!"

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When I was growing up, I never wanted to play with Barbie Dolls or put on makeup. From sunup to sundown I was outside playing or at a sports practice. Instead of enrolling in dance and learning perfect pirouettes (I learned that word from Dance Moms) and how to get my hair into the perfect bun, I chose karate where we yelled and broke boards with our fists.

So when it came to high school when most of the other girls began getting into clothes and makeup, it comes as no surprise that I had no clue what to do. Here are 20 thoughts that every tomboy has had while attempting to do her makeup:


1. "Ugh, I have to wear makeup tonight."

2.  "I'll just look at one of those makeup tutorials on YouTube and will look good in no time."

3. *While searching on YouTube* "I don't understand why you'd want to put this stuff all over your face."

4. *Still searching on YouTube* "When you wear lipstick, you have to worry about how you're eating so you don't smear it all around."

5. "Aha! The perfect look."

6. *Reading description of video* "I'll need primer, setting spray, highlighter, bronzer, loose and pressed shadows, a shadow base, pigments, eyeliner, lipstick, brow gel, a crease brush, a flat shader brush, a smudge brush, concealer, setting powder, blush..."

7. *Looks at my grocery store mascara, broken Elf eyebrow gel and one half-melted tube of sample lipstick I got at the mall*  "Well we might have a problem."

8. "I can make this work."

9.  "This cannot be that hard."

10. "Ok this isn't working."

11. "This mascara expired last year."

12. "Do I really have to wear makeup tonight?"

13. "I mean the natural look is in right now."

14. "I can fix this, I'll just mix some water into the mascara to get the clumps out."

15. "Well that didn't help. Ok, so we're down to broken Elf eyebrow gel and sample lipstick I got at the mall."

16. *Tries to apply lipstick, but it crumbles as you press it against your lips* "Ok, so no lipstick."

17. "I have 5 more minutes to get ready, what do I do now?"

18. "I'm not wearing any makeup, they'll get what they get."

19. "Wait, I have to do something with my hair? Maybe I can find a braiding tutorial on YouTube!"

20. "It cannot be that hard, I'll be done in 5 minutes."

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