Like a nuclear bomb to the skull: One day I woke up and everything I thought I knew had been destroyed.

And I was afraid of a washing machine.

I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror. My friends looked and acted differently. Strangers were looking at me. I had so many choices that I was paralyzed.

This was not the product of war or science fiction. This was my life; the reality of what happens when you gain your eyesight for the first time late in life.

I was now living the part that happens after the movie credits would have been rolling, and there was no handbook for how to get through it.

I bought a 1 way ticket from Newark, New Jersey to LAX. No place to stay. No rich parents. No family. No friends in town.

My life has never been that empty before.

I was once a supposedly powerful woman in charge of 3 international events and an elite technology innovator, sought after by the biggest companies in the world.

Now I was in an Airbnb horse ranch north of Los Angeles. I was staring at a washing machine, crying because I didn’t know how to work it. Outside, a horse named Tilly whom I was warned, “likes to bite heads” stamped around.

August 2017. That was my story. This blog is my ongoing adventure into the sighted world after having surgically gained my vision in 2016.

I’m Olivia. I know that Resilience and a Self-Improvement Mindset are the keys to seeing and building your second chance because I’m living it.

It’s never too late to be more than society gives you permission to be.