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Ulrich grew up watching the elders of his family fighting glaucoma and losing their vision. He feared blindness and questioned what he’d do when it happened. Ulrich wanted to trust himself, but felt doubtful, only fearing the belief that his time was here.

One day, a blind man with a cane walked with his family and his son, noticing Ulrich, said to him, “My dad’s pretty amazing, I know. Watching him teaches me many things. If ever I go blind like him, I will remember that your body can stand almost anything, it’s your mind you have to convince. It’s the greatest lesson my father taught.”

Ulrich stared after this family, knowing he would no longer listen to his doubts and strive for a way to deal with whatever came his way.