I was reminded of Didion, as I so often am, while out walking yesterday morning. It was an especially cloudy day and yet I wore my large dark sunglasses. I pushed them onto my head to check if they were needed – they were not. In fact, it was much easier to see without them and yet I slid them back down to rest on my nose and continued walking.
Didion is known for wearing sunglasses; even when it is overcast, even indoors, even when interviewing. She is afflicted with migraine headaches, causing "a painful sensitivity to all sensory stimuli." She is a notoriously quiet, even shy individual.
I continued my walk and considered my own penchant for dark glasses. I feel exposed without them. My light eyes strain in even the faintest of natural lights. If I go out in the evening, I regretfully leave my glasses behind and quietly curse social convention.