Wednesday 30 September, 2020

2020: The Caymanian year of vision

The beginning of this new decade is unique and significant for several reasons. For children of the 80’s and 90’s, 2020 is the symbolic marker of a futuristic decade that we only dreamed of as kids— depicted through the lens of Sci-Fi movies and cartoons such as “The Jetsons.” For others, the year 2020 is a powerful metaphor signifying vision and focus. 

In December 2019, the internet was buzzing with references to 20/20 vision as a new year’s resolution— an obvious play on the term used to express optimal visual acuity (sharpness and clarity).

Vision is usually defined in two ways, one of which is the ability to see, in an ocular sense. In the 1840’s, scientists began thinking about standard tests to measure sharpness and clarity of vision at a distance of 20 feet. It was soon determined that to have 20/20 vision means that you can see clearly at 20 feet what should ideally be seen from that distance.  

Vision is also the ability to think about or plan the future with creativity and wisdom.  This is the type of vision needed to ensure the attainment of goals and prosperity in the coming year. 

If you choose to apply “20/20 vision” as a metaphor to guide you in your upcoming life journey it is important to note that 20/20 vision as measured by the Snellen chart or even the newer LogMAR chart does not mean that you have perfect vision. 

20/20 vision only indicates sharpness or clarity of sight from a distance; it does not account for other skills such as peripheral awareness or side vision, eye coordination, perception of depth, ability to focus or take acknowledgment of color. 

Some people have vision that surpasses the 20/20 benchmark. Someone who has 20/10 vision for example can see an object standing at 20 feet where others need to stand at 10 feet to see the same object.  The irony here is that the year 2010 was technically the year to have remarkable vision beyond the norm. 

Here are some things to consider as we embark on this decade of vision. Peripheral awareness could refer to the ability to spot unforeseen obstacles or deliberate attempts by others to derail us from our vision. Eye coordination can refer to how prepared we are to seize the opportunities we are visualizing in the coming year. Perception of depth could refer to how far into the future we can see to sustain striving for our goals.  Focus refers to how long we can stay committed. And being able to see in color speaks to how realistic our goals are. 

What does your vision look like for 2020? Are you looking straight ahead or can you see beyond 20/20?

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