Something like three years ago or so, my laptop literally exploded. There were sparks and smoke and a coworker nearly got hurt. So I bought a new one and it served me faithfully for roughly three years and then a few months ago, it too petered out. So I bought another one. Fortunately, no data was lost during either of these computers’ demise.
But today at approximately 2:45, my 35 day-old hard drive bit the dust. I lost everything. The most frustrating loses though, were the papers I had either completed or gotten nearly finished with for many course finals. There was a 12+ page paper due today for church history that I only needed to print out and hand in. There was 3/4 of a paper for a missions course, along all the notes I had taken for the paper. This paper built on two other papers which were also lost. They were probably going to be the foundation for my senior capstone work. I lost all of the notes and the first half of my sermon on the letter to Smyrna in Revelation. All of the notes and the start of my Greek exegetical paper were lost, along with the translation of 1 Peter 2 from Greek into English that took me several hours to perfect. I had to write a personal ‘rule of prayer’ for my spiritual formation course. I lost that too and am wishing I had printed it out yesterday when I thought about it. And finally, I lost every note I’ve taken in every class all semester. Everything’s due in a matter of days and I purposely worked ahead so that I wouldn’t be swamped and overly stressed at the end. Good joke.
I also lost all of the music I had stored on my computer. A lot of it I have on CD, but a good chunk of it was burned off of friends’ music or downloaded from iTunes. Does anyone know if you can download purchases again from iTunes without having to pay again?
And pictures. I lost a ton of them too. I think half of my pictures from Bosnia are gone. My vacation in Vienna with one of my best friends is gone. Writing samples. Resumes. Taxes. So much stuff. Gone. Gone. Gone.
It’s so ridiculous that this matters so much. I keep thinking, “I can’t believe this is happening to me.” Like I have cancer or something. Fortunately I’ve developed better coping mechanisms and handle stress in a much more laid back manner than I did the first time I lost a computer.
Pray for me, think of me or do whatever you do on Saturday as I will attempt to create a whole lot of something out of virtually nothing.