I am sitting in my office this morning at the Evil Day Job, in the relative dark, wearing sunglasses.
Because for some reason my eyes hurt like a sonofabitch this morning. In a, can’t look in any direction but straight ahead and can’t look at bright light without feeling like a thousand ice picks are stabbing me in the eyes. It literally feels like my eyeballs have been sprained. Doing what, I have NO IDEA, but being that the dark and sunglasses are helping somewhat, I’m guessing eye strain.
Which brings me to a PSA for writers:
REST YOUR EYES.
In today’s society we already spend an inordinate amount of time looking at screens of stuff: computers, tvs, smartphone, ipads, etc. If you’re me, you do that for approximately 95% of your waking hours. You know, except while you’re in the shower or cooking. Because, if you’re me, you’re writing during breakfast and lunch and eating at the computer, at the evil day job from 8-5, and writing after work until your spouse gets home, and pretty much watching TV until bed.
So I’m here to remind you to TAKE A BREAK! Get up and walk around. Interact with a live human or pet. Do something that does not involve a screen. And if you’re one of the lucky ones with such time, TAKE A NAP. Because while we could technically still write without our eyes, it would be really dang hard, so it’s best to take care of the ones you have.