My computer is probably arriving in Houston, Texas today and I'm hoping the techs at Dell can get it all fixed. Before I packed my computer, I backed everything up in case the hard drive ends up getting replaced. I have all my photos, digi kits, and documents on an external hard drive and on dvds so I'm not really too worried. My computer's memory is backed up and if something happened to it, I could easily access what was on it.
What about everything else though? What about the thousands of pictures that haven't been scanned? The stories that aren't typed in my word files? The memories in my head? What if my own "hard drive" were to fail in some way? Not a pleasant thought, but it is one that has crossed my mind this weekend.
I guess one of the many reasons I love scrapbooking is the way it turns our own memory into something that can be shared, enjoyed, and passed on to others. It is a way for us to compile our own history and share the way that we have lived and what life has meant to us. When I look back on completed pages I know that I have been somewhere. I have done something. I have lived.
When I think of my experiences and memories as a collective whole, I realize that there are many "files" that have not been properly backed up. Today's "Memory Monday" challenge to myself is to start working on getting these stories recorded in a form that will last. I have done a lot of this over my lifetime, but I want to recommit myself to this focus.
I hope you wil join me.