I recently heard about a man who went back into a burning building to save his computer. How many other people have a strong emotional bond to their own computer and would even risk their life for it? If I was being honest, I would have to admit that I would try my hardest to save my computer, but not because of the actual device, but because of what it contains.
My computer contains memories. I have photo album after photo album of pictures of my parents, my self and my children. A few years ago, I just stopped printing current pictures out. I am not sure why, maybe I just got too busy, but the last four or five years are only in my computer.
It also contains records and documents. I have scanned health reports, fitness goals, life goals, immunization records as well as more work documents, projects and power points than I care to remember. Some items are printed, but other items are in organized folders in my computer’s hard drive.
Another reason that I have an unhealthy obsession with my laptop is because of the rough drafts, final drafts and in progress drafts of books and book ideas that I have written. Once again when I was younger, these were all hand written and in note books, but now I rely on my computer to save all of the blood, sweat and tears that tug at my heart and soul.
I understood and I even related when I read that the man went in to save his computer. His actions made me realize that I have much, not all, saved to flash drives, but of course, those are also kept in my house. Besides your family or pets, if there were a fire, what would you go back into the house to save?
Like me, do you too have a strong emotional bond with some inanimate object and why?
While it is easy to focus on the negative aspects of life, I choose to continue looking for the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.
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