I have to say I had the ultimate Sex and the City moment this week. There is that episode where Carey is with Aiden and her computer days, she gets the “sad mac” symbol, and when she goes to the store to have it looked at they can’t recover anything and she has to buy a new one.
So two days ago I decided to finally download the update for my computer, I did this and my computer had a meltdown… I had a loading image but it wouldn’t finish, I restarted and I tried to restore and re-download the update with no luck. I was resigned to the idea I would need a new computer, but as a last resort I took it to the apple store and at the genius bar (rightfully names by the way), they formatted my computer and I have started again, with an up to date system only I lost everything. All my post grad work, photos, music (which I have back ups of), and anything else I might have had on here.
Two things occurred to me during this process. First of all was that I have lost everything, and the more I thought about it the more I thought about how often I actually access those files, it’s more of an attachment than anything else. With the exception of my resume that is. I should probably back stuff like that up just incase, but that is information I can always get back.
The second thing I considered today was that with my goals this month it’s like a do-over. I get a clean slate, I’m even thinking about doing the same with my ipad. Taking everything back to basics, keeping my machine clean and clutter free, not downloading anything that’s not necessary and I am even thinking of cleaning up my phone without restoring it, that would be too much right now.
This experience has made me think about things, what do we really need? We have clutter around our houses, in our minds and on our technology. What are we doing? We need some basic ground rules in life, we need to spend less time relying on technology and spend more time with people, socialising. We become to attached to things that aren’t even things, they aren’t tangible but yet we hold such a high importance, and allow it to define who we are. As part of my happiness project I am trying to let things like this go, I want to be more positive, and independent of clutter that holds me back, and this is just the beginning. I have also begun logging out of facebook on my phone and trying to cut back on my social media time, I feel like I waste too much time on it and want to spend more time with friends and family catching up the old fashioned way.
I plan to sustain this clutter free environment, now I’m getting to the end of my first phase of my own happiness project, and just as uni starts. This week I am focusing on maintaining meal plans, sustaining housework, meal prep and staying organised with uni.