I Miss the Days
If you didn't know this already, I am a deep and divergent thinker. Because I am facing blindness, I organically and frequently reflect upon myself while enduring vast change in my physical vision. That said, I have no other
choice but to take self-inventory upon myself because I don't have any other visual distractions.
I see from the heart which enables me to naturally live in the present moment. Please note, I am not living in the past by sharing what I miss. But rather, I am taking stock of where I came from and how I can evolve and better myself. I would encourage you to read my list and let me know what resonates with you. Feel free to contact me with your questions or comments. Thank you!
1. I miss the days when you could hug people spontaneously.
2. I miss the days when the fun time of being a kid consisted of playing outside during the summer months until 8 or 9 p.m. and your mom had to yell out your name as she tried to sort out where you were or which neighbors' house you were at.
3. I miss the days when I could drive: hopping in the car and driving without a care in the world was second nature.
4. I miss the days when I could read without any difficulty.
5. I miss the days when I could recognize faces better.
6. I miss the days where people made me feel heard, understood and fully accepted.
7. I miss the days where there was no texting and more sincere communication.
8. I miss the days when there was no internet and pure joy meant diving into reading a good book.
9. I miss the days when I felt alive going out to see my favorite movie at the theatre as a kid. My favorites were The Goonies and Back to the Future.
10. I miss the days when I spoke my truth without having to worry about the consequences.
11. I miss the days where telling the truth was more exemplified and honored, and considered a virtue.
12. I miss the days where I could cross the street and not have to look side-to-side even while using my cane, Sophia. And for that matter, I miss the days where I didn't need my cane at all, simply because I had better vision.
13. I miss the days of chivalry when a man would call you and actually ask you out on a date.
14. I miss the days of hand-holding with somebody I deeply care about.
15. I miss the days when there were more trees out in nature, rather than having them all cut down to build a consumer’s paradise of malls and stores.
16. I miss the days when we mailed handwritten letters to each other and our loved ones.
17. I miss the days of being surprised about who was calling you when you answered the phone.
18. I miss the days where being nice stemmed from the heart and not from any other ulterior motives.
19. I miss the days when I felt appreciated by people based on their actions not their words.
20. But the one thing I will never miss or forget is the person I am today: a woman of integrity, grace and self-respect.
By, Amla Mehta
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