So yesterday was the eclipse day. I was fortunate enough to witness a solar eclipse without traveling far or disrupting my weekday routine. I was preparing to not watch any of it because I didn’t get my eclipse sunglasses in time. I would still be there for the totality but will miss the start of the moon covering the sun. That’s the cool part. Not everyday you see an object big enough to block out something so important to life from your view. And with people around me talking about it and ordering the sunglasses in advanced for this. My parents would be witnessing the eclipse with their work providing the sunglasses. All this hype. I want to be in too. One of my coworkers actually ordered some for us about a month before only to find out a week before that those sunglasses are fakes. *Disappointment* I spent half an hour to search online only to find reputable vendors already sold out. I visited the Science Center twice that week and sold out both times. I really felt it might not meant to be.
I woke up yesterday morning, felt great, and ready to rock and roll. I decided to put on my contact lens because why not! I’ll press my luck and maybe someone will have an extra pair if I’m meant to see it. I’m already working in the path of this solar eclipse totality when I’m usually at a different work site. Why not prepare for the best outcome too? I can borrow someone else’s for a few seconds, look at the eclipse shadow through a pinhole, etc. Something will work out. So it did. I got to work, walked in, and my supervisor got an extra pair. 🙂 I watched the eclipse with the sunglasses, a cereal box, and a piece of paper with a pinhole. Witnessed the sun being “eaten” by the moon with a smile on my face. I don’t know if I’ll remember this when I’m much older but it was a cool experience and that way of thinking made my day.
When was the last time you pressed your luck? How did you handle an event that you prepared for then end up not being prepared for at all?