My laptop has gone into surgery. I think the man in PC World could sense danger as he repeatedly reassured me that they would do everything they can… and reminded me to breathe.
Don’t get me wrong, the laptop itself dying is stressful, but it is not the reason I got myself into something of a state. Contained on that laptop is every photo, and every video, from my daughter’s entire life. It has all my wedding photos, all my honeymoon photos. I realise the whole “looming divorce” thing should stop those from mattering but they are memories and they are important and I want Miss Rose to see them.
There is also the latest edit of my book. My book I have been working on for three years. I have a hard copy, pre edit, so all is not lost, but it will need serious hours to get it back to the condition I last left it in.
I should have made back ups, I know I should have made back ups. External hard drives are relatively cheap and I should have prioritised funding for one, considering how much was at risk. But I didn’t.
It is ridiculous how much of my life is contained on that one machine. Fortunately it is insured so the recovery and repair are being taken care of, and fingers crossed the recovery happens smoothly. Because if it doesn’t… if it doesn’t I honestly don’t know how I will react. I will be losing so much of my life. It will be repaired, or replaced, so I can start rebuilding and rewriting everything as soon as I get it back… but the memories. The memories are too much to bare losing.
I find out over the next few days, and should have it back in the next two weeks. I know one thing for sure, I will be backing things up A LOT from now on.
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