When Stargardt Disease Leads to Second-Guessing

I second-guess every decision I make. Should I wear my hair pulled back, or will it just flop in my face all day long? Should I wear heels and risk tripping in front of my client? Should I start that new project now, or wait until I’m fresh tomorrow? I’m a true blue, dyed-in-the-wool second guesser of enormous proportion.

But, what happens when you try to quiet those tiny, little voices in your head and take control of your decisions? One blogger, struggling with Stargardt Disease, is trying to take second-guessing to task and believe in her gut.
People with Stargardt disease experience progressive damage to the macula part of the eye, which is responsible for sharp vision.

Throughout the day, the macula is mainly used for reading, watching television and looking at faces. The loss of vision is not correctable with glasses, contact lenses or surgery.

What if you couldn’t trust everything you saw? Is that a bug on the floor that needs to be squashed or a toy that needs to be stepped over? Is that person waving at you or someone behind you? For someone with Stargardt disease, daily encounters can be an exercise in balance and judgment, and often require second-guessing what your eyes are seeing. That’s when doubt enters in.

Making your way through the day questioning everything you see can be exhausting. What if we shut out that voice that says you might not be correct and should keep your answer to yourself, or your answer isn’t good enough and you shouldn’t share it?

It’s a matter of choosing to be positive and trusting your instincts. Choosing to silence the internal voice that questions what you’re thinking can be life-changing. It can be empowering and can help you move more confidently through your day.

The next time you find yourself second-guessing a decision you’ve just made, go with your gut. You may be surprised at the outcome.

To read more about improving your confidence in your decisions, click here.

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