Sarah’s Sight

Now reader, what I’m about to write may not be a big deal to you, but it is to me…I love wearing glasses. Glasses are a part of my face; a part of my being. So, here’s the news…

I’m getting new glasses…IN TWO DAYS!! 

Yup. Aaaah!! After 4 hours, in over four different opticians last week, I FINALLY found comfort in two frames in Specsavers. (I’m so thankful that I did this last week! This week, I’ve been flopped on the sofa poorly! Booooo!)

I LOVE the frames that I’ve chosen for my next stage in life. They’re comfortable, big and suit me. My current specs have unfortunately gone a bit rusty and I felt like I needed a change before I get married next year. (WHOOP!) 🙂

Even though I’m happy and relieved to have finally found new specs, I can’t stop but feel a little nostalgic about my current specs. So let’s talk about it… (Blogging helps the grieving process, ya know?)

You see, when I was eleven, I was relieved that I needed glasses. I had started to think that I was stupid for not being able to see the board at school, or for not being able to work out if someone in the distance was walking towards me or away from me.

Even though I loved the fact that I could see things, between the ages of eleven to eighteen, I rarely allowed people to take photographs of me with glasses on. I just thought my face looked silly, and looking back, I unfortunately still feel that way. The frames just weren’t right. So, I made a change.

At the age of nineteen, just before I started my second year of university, I got my current glasses and I adored them. For the past 4 and a half years, I have felt comfortable and ‘me’ in these glasses. From the very first day of owning them, I wore them in photographs and have been so proud of them.

Whilst wearing these glasses, I…

  • Discovered what it means to have true friends
  • Gave presentations, wrote tales and analysed literature at undergraduate level
  • Moved to Winchester for my final year at university
  • Wrote my 10k dissertation
  • Graduated with a 2.1 degree
  • Started my first full time job

And now here comes the soppier stuff. Whilst wearing these glasses, I…14448947_10154612470163478_3871339920353988259_n

  • Found a best friend
  • Fell in love
  • Braved it and had my first kiss
  • Went on lots of dates and continued to fall in love
  • Got engaged to Scott in Rome

(All in this order!)

Nerdyness and joy; perfect examples of what my life has been like since putting on these specs all of those years ago.

I am so thankful that these glasses helped me to love who I am. They have been part of ‘me’ for a long time and I’m so grateful. I will always be so fond of them, and will certainly not be getting rid of them. However, the time has come for a change. It’s not a very drastic change, in fact, I bet the majority won’t even see a difference! All the same, I’m excited for my new, fresh look that’ll feature in our engagement photo shoot with our wedding photographer in a few weeks – yay! 🙂

As a final note, to those who dislike their appearance, remember that you are unique. Truly unique and wonderful.

Embrace your face; frames or no frames.

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• Glasses Are A Gift.

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Glasses are such an incredible invention. Seriously. Without them, I’d be lost. Quite literally. I’d probably be roaming around in a forest somewhere, blearily wandering through the trees as I’m so short sighted. Yet, some people hate wearing specs. “WHY OH WHY?”, I ASK!

Okay, so, as a girl who has now worn glasses for nearly 10 years, I can completely understand why many people resort to the wonderfully weird invention of contact lenses. Some wear contacts for sports reasons (I get that, don’t worry), but many people (especially girls) don’t want to wear their glasses because they think it’s uncool and unattractive to wear them. This makes me rather sad, for actually, everyone has the ability to be truly beautiful. It’s actually all about how people wear their personality that makes them attractive. 

I used to hate the fact that I wore glasses. From the ages of 11-18, I used to take off my glasses in photographs because I thought that I looked like such a DUFUS with them on. I’m just so sad that I was ashamed of wearing specs and was essentially ashamed of my appearance. So, I invested in a new pair of glasses which I adore. They’re huge, fill my face and make me appear brilliantly nerdy. Whoop whoop! I was then happy with ‘me’; in appearance and confidence.

Here are a few fun things that make glasses brilliant:

1. If I don’t like a situation, I can just take my glasses off!!! For I’m not REALLY there anymore. It’s fab. I can just be in my own blurry world and it’s so fun.

2. Walking from the cold air and into a warm building is ALWAYS a joyous occasion. Steamed up specs. PHOAR. FOXY. Okay, so it can actually be quite embarrassing, but if you just laugh it off, it can be quite a funny situation. And foggy glasses can be quite a fun conversation starter…?!

3. I look nerdy with glasses on. And I am a nerd anyway. Basically, I rather enjoy enhancing my nerdy-ness.

4. You can reinvent your face with facial furniture! Get new specs for a new look. You’ll feel fab.

5. You can also play with glasses. Like, for girls (sorry chaps), we can put our hair over our faces, then put our glasses on. The result? A hairy-faced monster girl. It’s great for making kids/dogs amused. 

6. OR IF YOU ARE A LOVELY MALE…you can be like Jude Law in   The Holiday as Mr Napkinhead! Girls LOVE it. 

7. Glasses are like my own little television screens. My life is basically a little TV programme! And so when I take them off, that’s when I feel like I’m in reality. It’s quite nice to MIX it up a bit!

So, basically, what I’m saying is, if you need to wear glasses, don’t hide your specs from the world. I’m sure you look fab in them. And, all of those who don’t wear glasses, well you’d better start making your eyes bad…BECAUSE GLASSES ARE AN AMAZING GIFT AND THEY’RE FLIPPIN FANTASTIC.

Sort-of rant over. 🙂

• Have Confidence In Yourself

chrisopherThere was a point in my life when I really used to care what people thought about me. I’d often stay quiet as I was worried that I’d say something stupid. To be honest, I still say the most RIDICULOUS things, but now I’ve found great friends who find this hilarious – the point is, in the past, I didn’t have the confidence to be ‘me’.

However, it changed when I hit university. People had let me down a lot in the past and I decided to not let these people get to me anymore. So, I decided to be a bit ridiculous, make a fool out of myself a bit more, let go and be me! I soon found friends who appreciated me for who I am and I’m WAY more happier and confident because of this!

So, be a little bit crazy and step out with confidence!

When you’re walking down the street with your friends, why don’t you just start singing Disney songs in unison? Or whack out some crazy dance moves in public? 🙂 During the Christmas period of 2012, two of my close friends and me started playing the ‘Bogies’ game in Winchester High Street. Instead of shouting ‘bogies’ as loud as we could, we shouted out different cheese names. From near and far, people heard the words ‘Brie’, ‘Cheddar’, ‘Wensleydale’ being exclaimed. The woman by the cheese market stall was LOVING IT. It was so funny and I loved how I could be ‘me’ with some great friends.

As Christopher Robin says in Winnie the Pooh; ‘You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.’ 

Create some memories, laugh until the sun goes down, be spontaneous, but most of all, BE YOU. There is only one of you, so why don’t you make the most of who you are? Have confidence in who you are and don’t hold back the urge to step out and be YOU!

Also have a read of another blog post of mine which links quite nicely with this one: https://loveabitofsunshine.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/beautiful/

• What Makes Someone Beautiful?

It seems that nowadays the ‘beauty’ in a girl/woman is defined by how much make-up she is wearing to cover up her blemishes, or how much skin she is showing to onlookers. Even as I write this, YouTube is open in a separate tab, and for some bizarre reason the background of the page is Lady Gaga wearing next-to-nothing apart from a wad of eye-liner. Why the need to project this image to the world? Young girls can become obsessed by looking at photographs of celebrities and are often left disappointed by how they look in comparison to the well known figure and also to those around them.

I, personally, have found this in my life. Growing up, I was a little bit of a tomboy and to this day I genuinely don’t know how to plait hair! Girls in the playground were discussing what they were going to wear to so-and-so’s party and wondering who they would impress but all I really wanted to do was to go to a party and boogie the night away no matter how sweaty I got or if my hair fell out of place (even at the age of ten!). Despite this, I came home from school and wonder what life would be like if I was really as pretty as the other girls. To this day, I still search the internet and flick through magazines looking for the latest hairstyle and wonder how Reese Witherspoon has styled her fringe so it doesn’t keep poking her in the eyes!

Unfortunately, as time has gone on, young girls seem to be in competition with one another to be ‘the prettiest’ by wearing the most make-up or shortening their skirt the most. Being a mentor during school to those in younger years has shown me this. In Year 7, the timid fresh faced girls would enter the class looking smart and ready for the day. Soon, as time went on, girls would be late to morning tutor as they were quickly applying foundation and more mascara onto their already blackened lashes in the school toilets. I’m not saying anything bad against these girls, as they are lovely and beautiful people, but is this really what they view beauty as? Making your face orange to cover up supposed blemishes?

In my opinion, this idea of ‘beauty’ has been broadcast to young women all over the world through the media; through fashion magazines and through television. ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ springs to mind here; women plastering themselves with make-up, slapping on fake tan and wearing low-cut dresses to impress. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying, “Look like a nun for the rest of your life! Don’t wear your hair down! Don’t wear make-up! Wear clothes that’ll cover up every inch of skin!” I’m purely stating that self image is being undermined because of comparisons and how celebrities are portraying a false idea of what ‘beauty’ is.

So I guess the question you’re asking is, so what is ‘beauty’ then? Okay, so you see the picture of the Queen at the bottom of this post? I took that photograph — I was extremely lucky to see the Queen and Philip in July at The New Forest Show and I was so close the both of them, I could have touched them. The moment Queen Elizabeth stepped out of the car, I actually had to take in a massive breath for she looked so beautiful. Classy, confident with a large smile on her face as she walked towards us. That is what ‘beauty’ is all about. Being comfortable in yourself and smiling – this is all you need to be beautiful in this world.

There’s no need to wear certain clothes to get a guy’s attention or plaster your face with make-up (which will only hide who you really are) — be yourself, smile and laugh the day away — that’s beautiful. The Queen