Memories! So true! Hard to believe it's been 30+ years for me, but that memory is clear as a bell. All it takes is once close call with a sapling branch at cheek level.
I still duck or recoil when moving around in my deciduous forest yard at night in poor lighting conditions.
A friend of mine back in highschool no shit had an eye removed from his skull by a branch while riding a 4-wheeler.
I never ride anywhere without eyepro, hell, when I changed the fuel pump in my truck I wore eyepro just cuz I was underneath it looking up at all sorts of dirt and rust.