I brought my computer into the Apple Store to be fixed over the weekend. When I got it back, I discovered that they added a brand new operating system, and I had lost a bunch of files and photos. I had a few important files saved in an email I sent to myself before bringing in the computer, just in case something like this might happen. But all the rest was unrecoverable.
At first I was in a kind of daze, wondering which things I wouldn’t be able to get back. I was also a little upset with myself for not backing everything up. But then I felt, “Oh, well, it happened. There’s nothing I can do about it.” I actually felt lighter. I realized there were files that I’d been holding on to that were no longer a part of my life. And I got it that I never really cared for the photos that I’d saved.
It made me think about how sometimes life has a way of doing clutter busting for me. It can feel rough in the moment. But then, as the dust clears, I see how my life is the better for it.