Allow me to begin this post by thanking Heavens for the tech geeks of the world; they are truly the unsung heroes of the 21st century. I say this from experience: Earlier this year, a USB flash media drive on which I kept lots (and lots) of music cracked and suddenly became unreadable. Of course, Ms. Not-So-Technologically-Skillful Me hadn’t backed up any of those music files, meaning I freaked out that when that drive went ka-plooey. Luckily, I live just one block away from a computer repair establishment, one that has earned a good reputation here in Madison; so, I took the damaged drive and a new drive to the shop and asked if they could transfer the music from the old drive to the new one. Though the work sent be back $100 or so, it was well worth it, for they recovered virtually all of the files.
Needless to say, I was overjoyed and impressed by the work the repair shop did on my flash drive, so much so that I hope to get around to having them “rescue” photos from a bad CD that I have. You know, perhaps I should have worried less about all that music from that bad flash drive and more about all those yet-to-be-rescued photos from that bad CD. See, I’m a little bit of a shutterbug and I tend to take a lot of pictures (not just photos of me dressed up, either). I think a reason that I take so much pics is that as I get older and reach the twilight of my life, my mind will begin to forget my life experiences and their significance. I think all those pics will one day help me to remember (or to never forget) my friends and family; where I lived, worked, and traveled; and (of course) my fabulousness en femme. It’s those little details that those photos can trigger that leaves me hanging on to them.
So if you’re like me, take photos. Take a lot of photos. And save them. And back them up to a safe format of your choosing (which is what I’m going to do with my own pics from now on). And every now and again, take a look at them, and let them be a reminder to yourself of how precious those moments are, how beautiful your loved ones are, and of how beautiful (in more ways than one) you truly are.