Right, I said half my life.
My original eye colour is dark brown, much like majority of those of us of the Asian descent have, but over nine years ago I decided to wear my first purchase of grey contact lenses, and since then there has been no looking back.
When I first made my switch from glasses to contact lenses, I opted for colourless ones, but a few people asked me to have fun with what I had which landed me my first pair of grey lenses.
Over this decade I have received several compliments for my eye colour, which I am of course very quick to abate and point out that they are only lenses, but people have still been kind enough to say that it suits me. I have also received a lot of harsh criticism and indignant looks of “Why even would you?!” when I correct someone about the natural colour of my eyes.
A few days back I sat thinking about the so many years I let this pass me by and decided that I need to speak about it.
For those of you pointing fingers at me and calling me a fake, for those of you who think that I am trying to be something I am not, well, this is something for you to think about before you go pronounce your judgement upon the next person.
I do not for a moment hate my original eye colour, or anything about myself. If you paused ten minutes to speak with me you would know that. However I like the way grey looks in my eyes, I think it looks pretty darn fabulous so sue me! Like someone once very wisely said, liking blue does not mean you don’t like green (I wish I could remember where I heard this!), or to be more precise liking grey does not mean I don’t like my dark brown pupils. HELL NO!
I buy one pair of lenses that last me three months and I have a power of -2 in both eyes which pretty much renders me partially blind without some seeing aid. So when I go to the store I pick the grey ones because I like the colour and when I step out I have to wear them every day because I can’t see without them. My story is as simple as that.
I never for a moment try to ‘trick’ people into believing anything and never have I even once in ten years lied about it. When the day comes that I can no longer wear lenses, I will just as proudly show the world my brown eyes. I don’t think that my beauty or lack thereof is defined by the colour of my eyes, if you do, then well, that is your problem!
So think twice before you tag someone a fake, or pronounce your pttssh on their appearance. What you think is true may not be their reality at all.