While contemplating what to write my blog about this week I started thinking about goggles. I thought that was a strange thing to think of as I do not own a pair of goggles but the more I thought about it I realized that I, along with almost everyone else, choose to don goggles on a daily basis. I also realized there are many different kinds of goggles that people wear as well as many different kind of people who wear them.
The goggles I mostly wear are fat goggles. Not that I am skinny mind you but at times I see myself as being much heavier than I currently am. I am getting better with that as I have actually had significantly more days where I like what I see in the mirror than when I don’t but still, on occasion, the fat goggles are donned and fat is what I see.
I think for me the worst people to wear fat goggles are the really skinny people. You know the type, they don’t weigh hardly anything and yet all they do is complain about how fat they are. Sometimes I want to smack those fat goggles right off their face, but alas I am not a violent person so all I do is just smile, nod my head and try to appear sympathetic. The reason I don’t choose to argue with them is I have long since learned that I will never win such an argument. If I were to even mention the fact that I am way heavier than they are they would just look at me with the, I know! I would kill myself if I ever got that fat! expression, and I do not wish to put myself in the position to have to help rip that last ten pounds from their scrawny little bodies.
Then there are the skinny goggles. We have ALL seen people wear these. They are usually worn by fat people who pour themselves into clothes that do not fit. Clothes, which would not fit even if they had worn two pairs of skinny goggles! They are also worn by people who may dress appropriately for their size but who in their minds eye are not as fat as everyone else they meet and talk to. People who do not hesitate to tell you how fat you are but do not think they have anything to worry about. In some ways maybe skinny goggles are worse than fat goggles as people who wear skinny goggles tend to say hurtful things to others without considering the consequences.
Another type of goggle that I believe everyone has heard of is beer goggles. These are goggles people sometimes wear when impaired. Goggles, which after having a drink or two or six, makes people you meet look much better than they may actually look. There have been many songs and t-shirts made to indicate that beer goggles are worn more than most people would care to admit. I myself am not much of a drinker but I can think of one occasion, before I was married, that I donned a pair of these goggles and made out with a guy I had met at a party. That night we were going steady, the next day I saw him in school, and promptly broke up with him. Thankfully all we did was kiss and, to be perfectly honest, beer goggles or not he was a pretty darn good kisser.
I think that beer goggles rank right up there with desperate or lonely goggles. The thing is not everyone is lucky enough to be aesthetically pleasing and, in my opinion, there are more important qualities I would opt for if given a choice. Unfortunately the problem comes when the goggles are removed. Hopefully when they are the other qualities will shine through enough to retain the attraction. If not it may be best to keep the goggles on and remain in blurry-eyed bliss.
Another kind of goggle is the better-than-you goggles. The ones that people don that makes them think they are better than those around them. They sit in their glass house and throw stones at others that they think are less fortunate than them. They cannot understand how the person they are talking to or looking down on could be happy in a small house, or driving a car that has more than a few miles on it. They feel sorry for people who do not wear designer clothes or eat out at the best restaurants. These people better hope their goggles do not come off as they may just find that the windows in their glass houses are not all that clean.
There are the religious goggles. Those are the ones that make you holier than thou.
There are also the political goggles that make you right and everyone else wrong.
There are needy goggles, which turn you into a whiney mess.
Bully goggles tend to send others running in the opposite direction.
Sorry goggles that make you apologize for anything and everything.
As you can see there are goggles for everyone and every occasion and most of them hinder the wearer in some way shape or form. It is time to take off which ever pair of goggles you have been wearing and look at yourself and others through clear, unaided eyes. Only then will you get the true picture. Only then will you see what there really is to see!