For Future Losses

One morning four months ago Frank Bruni, a long-time columnist for The New York Times, woke up with severe vision loss in his right eye due to a rare condition called non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, or N.A.I.O.N. for short. Because of the nature of N.A.I.O.N. there's a chance that Bruni will lose sight in his left eye as well. While attempting to cope with such life-changing news, Bruni began interviewing other people who have lost their sight, including documentary filmmaker Joseph Lovett whose vision has been slowly worsening for years due to glaucoma. During their conversation, Lovett offered Bruni a simple yet powerful piece of advice that I think is applicable to everybody and well-worth a share.

"...you cannot spend your life preparing for future losses."