Today’s Gem of Gratitude #106


Today I am thankful for sunglasses. Prior to moving to the desert I really thought of sunglasses as a simple accessory that was more or less optional despite the obvious benefits of wearing them and the fact that I grew up in a state that is known for its abundance of sunshine. But now that I have entered the world of desert living wearing sunglasses is absolutely necessary. And if you happen to accidentally leave home without a pair that first bit of exposure to the sun will send you running back inside in search of a pair.

Because I hardly wore sunglasses before being ushered into desert life I typically would not spend much money on them, preferring instead to just have a cheap pair on hand for those occasional moments when the sun proved to be a bit much for my eyes. But recently, after realizing how many pairs of cheap sunglasses I had gone through in a short period, I finally took the plunge into the world of designer sunglasses.

Now by no means am I spending “celebrity” amounts of money on designer sunglasses, that is simply not my thing, but now I will spend a reasonable amount of money for quality sunglasses, which is a practice that has proven itself to be more than worth it. And though a portion of that designer price is solely representative of the brand name, the quality that I am paying for also includes better protection for my eyes, greater comfort, and a higher level of durability. And in a place where sunglasses have essentially become as much of a necessity as clothing in certain regards, these qualities are highly beneficial.

Part of taking care of oneself includes taking care of and protecting one’s eyes, and wearing higher quality sunglasses is a way to do that. By no means, however, am I saying that everyone has to spend a lot of money on sunglasses, or that only designer sunglasses are effective when it comes to protecting your eyes. What I am saying, though, is that sometimes it is worth it to spend a little extra money in order to obtain better quality, and that certainly happens to be the case with sunglasses. After all, we are only blessed with one pair of eyes, so we might as well take the best care of them as we possibly can. #lovebythedrop

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