The death of a laptop is never an easy thing to digest. Like grief, there are 7 steps:
- Denial – how can it completely die? If I press the button ten times in a row, surely it will come on…
- Pain and guilt – Wow, this is going to hurt my wallet – what a pain. I feel such guilt over the clothes that I bought after just investing in a laptop.
- Anger and bargaining – Stupid laptop – why did you have to die on me? I’ll never leave you uncharged again if you come back to life.
- Depression, reflection and loneliness – I’m so sad I had to pay for a new lap top. It’s so expensive. Reflecting on it made me realize that my iPad just isn’t enough. I feel so lonely for my old computer – knowing how to copy and paste was so nice!
- The upward turn – but wait – this isn’t so bad – the MacBook Pro has so many great features, and it’s really user friendly and I feel cooler saying that I use a Mac instead of an HP. Really, how many people do you hear saying “I’m an HP girl…I love my HP…”
- Reconstruction and working through – wait – oh that’s where my pictures went…the data transfer wasn’t a big fail.
- Acceptance and hope – I accept that this lap top is a step up – and so pretty! I hope that it lasts for at least 5 years1
So – I’m loving the transition and learning a new operating system. Plus, the meditation that I’ve been doing on Dr. Oz’s advice has helped me accept the inevitability of computer death. I’m so happy that I only have 3 meditations left and my 21 day experience is over. Meditation is wrought with pressure for me as much as I love Doprah. I’ll do the next one when it comes up, but I don’t think I’ll ever get the hang of turning my brain off and I’m ok with that.
The next order of business is a report on my decluttering. Here is the tally from last weekend:
- 1 set of sheets (is that one item or two?)
- 1 pair of shoes – beyond repair
- TOTAL – 2 ITEMS
- 4 pairs of shoes
- 2 skirts
- 1 blouse
- 1 robe
- 1 dress
- 2 pairs of pants
- 1 top
- 4 sweaters
- 1 faux fur shrug
- TOTAL 17 ITEMS
- GRAND TOTAL – 19 items
I still have half of a closet and 7 drawers to go through before I finish my clothing. Two more weeks and hopefully, I can continue on with other decluttering.
Last, but not least, inspired by Dr. Oz’s fearlessness and the value of a worthy cause, I did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Check out the link below. Before you naysayers say how ridiculous the whole challenge is, please remember that ALS was not on the tip of everyone’s tongue before this social media phenomena. It gives the spotlight to a really terrible disease that is badly in need of some help. If it takes dumping a bucket of water on my head to help, I’m game. Remember, cancer, heart disease and diabetes affect millions more people, but you can survive and live a long life if you, heaven forbid, are diagnosed with one of these diseases. ALS is another story and I’m happy that this viral campaign made it top of mind for a moment in time.
Today, like many people, I’m deeply saddened by the death of Joan Rivers. I grew up watching her and was a fan of “The Fashion Police”. She had chutzpah – having the guts to say what many of us thought. I really thought she was going to live forever. I’m grateful, today, for the laughs that she gave me over the years.
Gratefully and a bit mistily yours,