When I was 8 years old, I saw my optometrist for the first time. I will never forget this experience. The moment I left the office, I decided that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. To get paid to help people see the beauty of the world would be a real dream come true.
Because my first experience was so pleasant, I tried relentlessly to find my way back into the examining chair. I read in the dark, looked at bright lights, and sat especially close to the TV. In hindsight, those certainly weren’t good ideas. While I ended up back in the optometrist’s office, I also ended up in not-so-lovely glasses.
I got a lot of strange looks throughout my childhood. When most third graders were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, they would shrug and suggest a doctor, firefighter, or astronaut. When I was asked, I would show a huge, confident grin as I said “I want to be an optometrist!”
To me, vision is the most important sense. The world is such an incredible place. Even ordinary places can host miraculous images. Being able to give clearer vision to people might just open their eyes to the beauty surrounding them. I would be so honored to change a child’s life the way my optometrist changed mine.