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Feb. 18, 2008 (Day 23)

Sine qua non: an indispensable thing


When I first read this word, I tried to think of what was indispensable in my life. As I pondered this, I realized I could get by without my house, my possessions, my precious cats. So I began to think about less tangible things: love, passion, happiness. But I thought that these, too, were things anyone could do without (though no one might wish to actually be without them).

I couldn't really think of something that was honestly, truly, and completely indispensable for life--except, you know, actually living. I thought more personally, and I realized my sight was something I considered pretty necessary for my life. I know I could survive should I go blind--and having poor eyesight, this does concern me--but my career would end. I'm an editor. I need to be able to read for my job. Sure, I could find other ways to make a living, but I love what I do. I love editing. I love my job and this career. It would be disheartening, to say the least, to lose my sight and be unable to pursue this career path further.

Yes, I would also hate to lose my ability for photography, but I consider hobbies I love to be more replaceable than jobs I love.

In the end, my sight is very important to me. It is the most nearly indispensable thing I have.

Side note: Please use your eyes (and fingers) to vote in two important contests going on at DGrin, if you haven't already: Last Photographer Standing and Photo of the Year 2007.

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