• Janie zinn

Hindsight is NOT 2020

Updated: Feb 27

I think we’ve all heard the saying “hindsight is 2020.” Yes, I agree that we can learn from our past & we can see how decisions & circumstances lead to our current realities. But that’s where I want to leave it.

Now that we are in 2020, I don’t want my vision to be focused on hindsight... I want my focus, my vision, to be clearly in the present & future. When I give my attention to what has happened, I loose focus on the here & now, as well as the potential of the future. Don’t get me wrong, I believe it is vitally important to learn from the past, but that’s it... learn, and apply the lessons life has given you.

I have never actually had 20/20 vision. I have had problems with my eyes since I was about 4 years old. At 4 my parents noticed I had a “lazy eye.” In 2nd grade I had to wear a patch in my good eye to strengthen my weak eye...then glasses were added (not fun). Luckily the patch only lasted a few months... but the glasses were there for good. I remember in 3rd grade I tried to convince my teacher that all of a sudden my eyes were healed & I didn’t have to wear my glasses anymore, but when I couldn’t read anything in my book, nor on the chalkboard... I had to admit my weakness & wear my glasses. In high school I got contacts! Oh, it felt like freedom, but the reality was, I still needed help to see clearly. At age 25 I got LASIK! Now, this is freedom! But the doctor warned me, LASIK wouldn’t stop my eyes from aging & needing glasses in the future. So today at age 41 here I am wearing glasses & contacts again! In all 41 years of my life, about 6 months after I had LASIK, was the closest my eyes have ever been to 20/20, they were 20/40. Not perfect but improved.

So why do I tell you about my vision (or lack thereof) history? I have learned some life lessons through my journey of sight. Some of the lessons are...

1.) there’s always opportunity for improvement

2.) when I try to live in the past I can’t see my present clearly

3.) it’s OK to get help

4.) I need to implement the help given

5.) When I live in the now, admit I can’t do it on my own, implement the tools & resources offered, I can see more clearly & am free to improve my future

As we live into 2020, let’s learn from & let go our past, and looking towards our growth & future, let’s ask ourselves these questions:

1.) what areas in my life do I want to improve this year?

2.) What in my past do I need to let go of & learn from?

3.) what do I need to create this improvement in my life?

4.) Am I willing to do what it takes to thrive?

5.) How much do I want to move my life forward?

When we’re real with ourselves, make a plan, & find what we need to follow through, that’s when we really will have a 20/20 life in 2020.


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