If you know anything about me, you probably know that when it comes to technology, I try to keep on top of most of the stuff that’s going on out there. Additionally though, I’m also a guy that has a hard time letting old technology go. I had an old cell phone with this enormous battery on it that gave me a ton of talk time. The clips on the battery that kept it on broke. Did I get a new one? Nope, just threw some duct tape on it, and I was good to go.
This is generally typical male thinking. After all, most men aren’t much for aesthetics, so long as it works. As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve fallen prey to the same malady. My laptop broke and I was ready to replace the screen on it to get it to work (probably was going to need some duct tape there too). Thank God it started working, and didn’t have to do that. When it did break though, I hooked the laptop up to my TV so I could get access to my files (see, tech savy)
Well, the same thing happened with my glasses. Turns out one day I was bringing my dog outside, and I managed to lose them. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this, as I broke my first pair, and lost my second pair in a horrible rainstorm in front of Panera Bread. So there I was with no glasses, and once again I have to thank my lovely bride for somehow magically finding my old specs, because without them, I’d be sorely at a disadvantage this winter.
They didn’t fit though, and it drove me a little nuts. So I decided that this weekend, I would take some time to try to fix them, using my honey’s jewelry tools. I busted out a screwdriver and an old pair of sunglasses that broke ages ago, and tried to replace the right arm on the glasses. In about a half hour, I had the thing replaced! I was totally psyched…and then something happened that I didn’t expect.
The other arm broke off.
Suddenly, I felt like I was in a Pixar short (if you’ve seen them, you know what I mean).
So I grabbed some of my wife’s copper wire, and bent it to my will (Muahahaha!). About 20 minutes later, I had two new arms that worked fairly well, as you can see above. I also replaced the nose clips. All in all, the glasses were reasonably comfortable, and fit just right (adjustable too…beat that Lenscrafters!)
Now I know what you’re thinking. Why not just go out and but some new ones? Well, the “Tough Economic Times” gave us a proverbial slap with a newspaper as of late. So as a result, we’re trying to keep as frugal as we can. Needless to say, another $100-$200 for new glasses cetainly wasn’t on the menu.
And hey, they ain’t pretty, but they get the job done. They’re functional. They work, and I can see. Which leads me to the point of all this.
Sometimes your life isn’t going to be perfect. Or your marriage; your kids, your job, or even your living situation. Sometimes you have to be grateful for the functionality of life. If stuff works, and works pretty well for you, it may not be awesome, aesthetic, or even sensitive to others’ feelings. Sometimes what works for you doesn’t work for everyone else, and that’s probably OK.
Sometimes you just have to think outside the box, and make choices based on some of that thinking. Don’t leave inside the box behind either, if that works for you instead.
I guess my point is, through working on my glasses, and fixing them to some degree, I realized that soemtimes we just have to get things to work in our lives. With the chaos we run into regularly with all our responsibilities, it seems nearly impossible for everything you do to go just right. Something’s going to give, and you have accept that to a greater or lesser degree. What you can change here is how you manage those issues when they arive, and being prepared by knowing what your limits are.
Things don’t always have to be perfect, but getting by and working through the issues, and having a level of satisfaction for your hard work is about as close as you can come…and its not bad at all.