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16 reasons why wearing glasses suck

16 Jul

I’ve been wearing glasses ever since I was 9 years old. That means I’ve been wearing glasses for over half of my life. You might think I should have gotten used to it by now, but let me tell you something, there are things you just cannot get used to.

#1. Not finding them

One thing about being really badly short-sighted- everything 10 cm onward away from my face is blurry to me – is that when you lose your glasses, you can’t see them, you can’t see the two thin coloured sticks and the two transparent little panes. It is mission impossible and you have two choices: 1. be weak and ask for help or 2. rely on your other senses and hope you can recognise your glasses cry. Oh yeah, wait, glasses don’t make a noise, so yeah, you can only rely on your sense of touch and start touching everything around you. Every. Single. Surface. Has. To. Be. Covered. Good luck.

me neither, Velma, me neither...

me neither, Velma, me neither…

#2. Rain

Now don’t get me mistaken, I like rain. It’s just that I would probably enjoy rain 100% more if I was not as blind as a bat.


speaks for itself

speaks for itself

See what I mean?

#3. Smudges

Smudges are a bit like rain except there’s no way one can enjoy smudges. No way. They are like the nemesis of the myopic.



#4. The tan lines

Those will happen. When you live in a tropical country, like me, it’s just a teeny bit worse. When you are darker-skinned, like my sister, it may get a little bit more than “a teeny bit” worse. She has a lighter line crossing her nose, you know, where the glasses stand and block the sun. My tan lines are a bit different; all the area behind my glasses- I mean even behind the actual glass part- is lighter. If you look at me you will barely notice, but then maybe that’s because I wear an equaliser facial cream. *wink wink*

#5. Idiots

Idiots, meaning those people who find it absolutely hilarious to take your glasses from your face and ask you dumb questions like “how many fingers am I holding up?” or dumber questions like “what colour am I?” I am not even kidding you here. I have been asked those questions, the former more often and even the first time it was not funny. Actually, it is as funny as taking away someone’s wheelchair just to see to what extent they cannot walk. It is not funny.

And for those who legitimately wonder, it’s just blurry. Fingers don’t double and colours don’t change. It’s blurry and we don’t see all the little details, like those old YouTube videos that you can’t switch to HD.


#6. Other idiots

You know, those people who have perfect vision and want to wear glasses. Some of them are ready to ruin their eyesight to be able to accessorise their eyes. Others just wear glasses with no lenses..or fake glasses that do nothing to improve eyesight but supposedly improve style. If you wear glasses, you know you hate those people. No, just kidding, maybe they are your friends and you don’t “hate hate” them, but you still want to push them off a cliff every time they tell you how lucky you are to wear glasses.

*pushes you off a cliff*

*pushes you off a cliff*

#7. Sunglasses

Because I can’t. All those who do not wear glasses have such a hard time choosing their sunglasses, right? If you go to the mall, for sure there will be sunglasses in all retail stores, clothes stores, make-up stores… The mall I’m most used to is the Bagatelle one and I can tell you there are sunglasses in stores ranging from Aldo. Jennyfer, Ibiza, Woolworth, Sweet Sugar, Truworths, to Mr. Price, Manjoo, Réserve Naturelle and all the supermarkets. Pretty sunglasses can also be found in the markets and even sold by hawkers on the road. And their prices won’t even get you crying, unlike those at actual glasses stores. Those very stores where people who actually wear glasses have to buy theirs because they need to have them adjusted to their crappy eyesight.

#8. 3D glasses at the cinema

I know many people have already complained about the weight of 3D glasses, now imagine what it is like when you have to balance two pairs of glasses on your nose. I can say my nose, and my ears for that matter, enjoy this activity as much as I do. There’s only so much space for one pair, but I cannot say blurry 3D tempts me.

It is annoying, but to watch a good movie I can bear with it. Two hours is not that long, huh?

#9. The pre-kiss anxiety

The big question that people who wears glasses cannot help turning over and over again in their head when they start liking someone who wears glasses too is “will they clash?” They most likely will sometimes and honestly it is not such a big deal when it happens but pre-kiss will always still be a moment doused in apprehension, at least to me.

#10. I can’t hear without my glasses

Well actually, I can. But not as good as with them. I’m not sure if this applies to people other than me, but since it applies to someone it’s on this list. I don’t know if it is because I part lip-read unconsciously or if the glasses’ temples stimulate my ears but I just understand what people say better when I have my glasses on. Which is kinda ridiculous when you think about it, but I’m not thinking about it that much.

#11. Knowing you are most certainly a reject of evolution

We cannot see. Maybe it is in our genes. Maybe it is the result of too much T.V or too much reading books from too near in the dark with just a tiny lamp(guilty!). But if a zombie apocalypse broke out and we lost our glasses while running, we’d be doomed. Because a blurry zombie looks just like a normal person and when we get near enough to notice it IS a zombie we’re doomed. Seeing underwater without glasses is near impossible too. Now imagine losing your glasses in the sea, finding them would be mission impossible upgraded to level 100.

#12. It’s expensive to see

Glasses, more the lenses actually, are expensive. When you start seeing the world blur around you when you have your glasses on, you know it’s time for a check-up, an upgrade and, well, an expense. Again. I’m nearly 19 and I must have changed glasses 10 times. I wonder when my eyesight will stop getting worse. No actually, I wonder if my eyesight will stop getting worse one day.

#13. I don’t know what I look like without glasses

I don’t know, I have a vague idea- more like a blurred idea, haha very punny- of what I look like without glasses. However, that idea is a mix between the completely blurry face I see in the mirror when I do normal stuff like brushing my teeth (and by completely blurry I mean I barely see my eyes and lips and nose) and the very accurate details I see when I put my face inches away from the mirror. That image is not flattering at all. Anyway, this brings up the next problem.

#14. Taking glasses-less selfies is a challenge

Taking pictures of something you cannot see is always a challenge. In the actual case of selfies, I have a method: you just pull a few faces, hope for the best, put on your glasses to check the pictures, delete the pictures, start over 57 more times. Next time someone who wears glasses sends you a selfie of them, say in a bathtub or a pool, with glasses on, do not point out that it is weird. They know. They can’t really help it.

#15. Wearing them when you shave

No matter how bad the eyesight, you don’t really really need them to shave- say, your legs- but you know it is a lot more practical to actually see what you are shaving: less chances to miss something and less chances to cut yourself and not see the blood because it is just a tiny drop. But if you do wear the glasses, chances are they will fog up..or get drops on them, thus re-enacting the ‘rain’ problem.

#16. Peripheral vision and visual distortion

Peripheral vision, meaning if I look at the side without moving my head, the world is blurry. Visual distortion, meaning my eyes look smaller than they actually are because the glass is thick like that.

You know what else? That sexy thing that women(some men do it too though) who wear glasses usually do on T.V or stuff…

THAT thing.

THAT thing.

If I did THAT thing, I would not see you. Maybe it would still be somewhat sexy to you, but I would not see you see me being sexy.

By now, I bet there is only one thing you want to tell me: “JUST GET CONTACT LENSES!!”

Maybe I should. I most probably should. This way I could go scuba diving and play sports with more ease and less glasses slipping down my nose. I would not have that rain problem, or that 3D glasses problem, or that sunglasses problem or any other problem. Thing is, I’m a wimp. When you say “contact lenses” there is only one thing I think about and nothing you say will convince me.


I’m guessing removing them is tricky too. Falling asleep with them is a ‘no-no’ so no, maybe later when I’ll hate my glasses more. This is probably not gonna happen though since you cannot hate what lets you see. I think.


So long my fellow Velmas 😉

Take care.


As the fish do, so do we.

21 May

Like a fish in the sea,

I’ll be drowning till I die,

I’ll be preyed on till I’m caught,

I’ll swim on till I can’t anymore.

Yep. A fish’s life is no walk in the park and frankly, neither is ours. But I don’t wanna be a fish anymore.



Things You Can Do When Your Parents Say “No!”

19 Jan

It happened again! Your parents said ‘no’ to something you asked. You may be feeling disappointed, furious or even revengeful. Maybe you’re hating on life, on the world or yelling at your siblings for no apparent reason. The thing is, you really wanted that thing and they said ‘no’. Don’t let your hopes down already! Here are some ways to convince your parents or to get the oh! so coveted object anyway.


Your parents probably have pretty good reasons for responding in the negative and in their minds these reasons may be sounding pretty good and reasonable, so the best way to get them to reconsider their decision is to sit down together and have a civilized conversation. Their reasons will likely circle around certain issues. Your health, society’s point of view, the rest of your family’s point of view, money… So here’s the catch; except for the last issue, they all point out to one thing- your parents love you and worry about you. The key is reassuring them. However if you notice that they have quite good points don’t press on too much and instead try to compromise or find alternatives to your project(s) that suit everybody 🙂

Example situations:

  • You want to lighten your hair or get yourself highlights.
    The process is not what I’d call “cheap” in a hair saloon and the damage to your hair can be considerable. No wonder your parents said ‘no’. Bear up! There’s an alternative! Lemon juice and sunlight, it’s natural, cheap and the damage from the bleaching process is minimal most of times 🙂
    Here’s the step by step process + some more alternatives 🙂
  • You want to get tattooed but you’re still a minor.
    If the size is the problem- try and find a small tattoo design on which both your parents and you agree.
    If the health factor is the problem- well it’s true, the health risks are real but there are ways to protect yourself to the maximum. Go to a reputable tattooing studio that employs only properly trained employees. Ask to see their license. Make sure the tattoo artist has washed his/her hands and is wearing gloves. Ensure that the needles and other equipment come from sealed packages or have been sterilized. What is the most important thing to convince your parents is to show them that you have done some research on the subject. They have to know that you are responsible, that you know what you are doing and that you will know how to take care of the tattoo.You want a piercing.
  • Essentially the same thing goes for piercings. Do your research properly an make sure your parents agree with you on the ‘where on your body do you want to get it?

However, if money is the problem try asking for that thing you want for Christmas or your Birthday or any other occasion when you usually receive gifts. You might just get lucky 😉

You could still face your parents refusal though, so instead of asking try to raise funds to pay it yourself(that’s what I’m doing for my 3DS).

For your birthday, ask your family members envelopes instead of gifts. You may just receive enough to go ahead with your project. If not, the amount you received can stand as the foundation of your special savings. Save up your pocket money, do odd jobs, sell some stuff you don’t use anymore-make sure you don’t regret it afterwards though! It can take some time to gather the right amount but then maybe the thing will have gotten cheaper!

Yet, it makes no sense to go through all the trouble of the compromise, finding alternatives and raising the money without asking yourself those questions: Do I really want to do this? and Do I really need this? Now?

Make sure it’s really worth your time and money 😉

Good Luck,