I’ve always believed that one person can change the world, and I am grateful to have recently experienced it. As a volunteer at the Mechi Eye Hospital in Birtamod, Nepal, I witnessed Dr. Geoff Tabin and his partner, Nepalese eye surgeon Dr. Sanduk Ruit, cure thousands of the visually-impaired and blind. This is just one of the many locations of the Himalayan Cataract Project in developing countries.
In the past, I never had much difficulty with age. Never worried about getting older and rarely gave it a thought. Then I had a certain birthday, which clearly indicated I was at midlife. I knew I was the same person but fear started to creep in around getting older which included financial security, health and even relationships. I let the number take control.
One thing I have realized over time, through the ecstatic highs and the deepest lows, is that we never know what the next minute, the next hour or the next day will bring. We can predict and expect, but, ultimately, factors out of our control can create significant change—sometimes joy, sometimes tragedy.