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I haven’t worn glasses in over two years. My eyesight hasn’t gotten better. I just sorta stopped wearing them.

It was an easy enough decision to make. When I wore glasses, I always found myself taking them off when sitting at a computer or having a conversation with someone. This of course meant that I was leaving them behind all the time — at restaurants, at my desk, anywhere. Eventually, my frames snapped, and I just didn’t bother to get them replaced. I mean, is this really a fun way to live?

Over the last few years, my vision has gotten a little worse. I’ve found myself zooming in on webpages rather than bothering to get a prescription. The image above is exaggerated; I have a relatively low prescription, but it’s enough to be a minor annoyance. But it wasn’t enough for me to actually deal with the problem.

The Little Irks and Quirks

I suspect we all have little things like this — annoyances that could be fixed with a little effort. If we just picked a “laundry day”, rather than waiting until the hamper was overflowing, life would be easier. Keep the floor clean, so we’re not tripping over stuff in the night! Dare I say it: we could even consider washing pots and pans immediately after cooking!

They’re all minor things, and yes, those are all examples of things I don’t do. But my quality of life isn’t impaired by not developing any of these good habits. Trouble is, it can be really easy to lull yourself into more and more bad habits as time goes on.

Until it’s a mountain!

Stack up enough of these minor inconveniences and you can find yourself struggling to get out of bed. Sometimes putting in a little bit of effort to improve your day-to-day can really pay off. So I walked up to Chinatown yesterday and got myself a contact lens prescription. I haven’t really worn contacts before, but suddenly I can see stuff again.

(I’m going to leave out the part about “owwwww my eyes are not used to this why is everything so blurry wait where did the lens go where is it where is it seriously” because I don’t think that necessarily supports my point)

What are the little quality-of-life changes you’ve been putting off? Something you can take a crack at?