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My story is not a happy one, but I'd like to share it.

In my early days I sunbathed a lot.
I also liked water. And sand.
I looked at it through my glasses.
I had all the time in the world to watch them all.

Later I used to like spring.
It always drove me crazy.
I couldn't keep my hands calm.
Something dragged me left and right.

Then I got struck by lightning.
Not long after that I got my both hands removed.
Now I'm still trying to keep my inner light on.
The time has come - you'll know it by looking in my eyes.

Who/What Am I?

Hint:

Every line in the blockquote contains a clue or its part.

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Could be a

Watch/clock

Rationale:

In my early days I sunbathed a lot.

Broad day/night distinction to tell the time. Or even more likely a sundial as suggested by @Humn

I also liked water.

Water-clocks?

And sand.

Hourglass

Later I used to like spring...

Spring-wound mechanical watches

Something dragged me left and right.

Pendulum

Then I got struck by lightning.

Electrically powered watches

Not long after that I got my both hands removed.

Digital watches

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    $\begingroup$ I think you have it, allow me to add descriptions for some lines? $\endgroup$ – Keyur PATEL Sep 22 '16 at 8:52
  • $\begingroup$ @keyurpatel Go ahead! $\endgroup$ – shree.pat18 Sep 22 '16 at 8:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Humn I did consider it but thanks for the comment. Will update my post. $\endgroup$ – shree.pat18 Sep 22 '16 at 8:59
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    $\begingroup$ This is of course the correct answer - I'll accept it, but I'd be happy if someone could try to explain the lines you didn't. $\endgroup$ – oleslaw Sep 22 '16 at 9:08
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    $\begingroup$ Congratulations. All of your explanations are correct. The rest of the lines are just little hints to get you more on the right way. $\endgroup$ – oleslaw Sep 22 '16 at 10:09
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I think it is a:

Clock

In my early days I sunbathed a lot.

Sundials.

I also liked water. And sand.

Hourglasses and ... water-based clocks.

I looked at it through my glasses.

Hourglasses again?

I had all the time in the world to watch them all.

Simply referring to a watch?

Later I used to like spring.

Springs were used in mechanical clocks.

It always drove me crazy.

Mechanical clocks were driven.

I couldn't keep my hands calm.
Something dragged me left and right.

Either referring to a pendulum, or Daylight Savings Time.

Then I got struck by lightning.

Reference to electrification of clocks.

Not long after that I got my both hands removed.

Digital clocks.

Now I'm still trying to keep my inner light on.

Ummmm.... a LED clock's backlight?

The time has come - you'll know it by looking in my eyes.

Look at a clock to tell the time.

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    $\begingroup$ The same answer (accepted) with the same explanation was given a few hours ago. Please read the other answers before giving a new one. $\endgroup$ – IAmInPLS Sep 22 '16 at 14:39
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    $\begingroup$ I added some new explanations. $\endgroup$ – Jez Sep 22 '16 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ This answer gives a lot of additional explanations so I think it is good we have it. $\endgroup$ – oleslaw Feb 6 '18 at 6:26
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Addendum for the middle since a pending edit blocks editing the answer:

I couldn't keep my hands calm.

THe time is always changing and so the hands are moving all the time

Something dragged me left and right.

Wrong guess: Setting the time via the crown drags the hands left and right Could it be related to Timezones?

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  • $\begingroup$ As to keeping my hands calm that is correct. For the second part - it drags me - not my hands. It is actually refering to another type of "me". $\endgroup$ – oleslaw Sep 22 '16 at 9:49

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