I have been going non-stop, it seems, for months. Road trips & adventure have consumed me since March of this year, each month bringing new lessons, adversities, & triumphs. In August, I photographed the last wedding of my career, & also visited Alaska for a solid week with family. Everything in life seemed to be falling into place. I was making steady progress in networking with other photographers, I was diligent in updating the blog, & my editing was becoming a streamlined process. I had a logo designed, business cards in the works, the whole nine yards....
Enter stage left: the speed bump.
I was at a work meeting, taking notes on my computer over the new menu items, when the screen went black. I shrugged, but technology isn't perfect... so I pushed the power button in attempt to reboot the system. Nada. I spent two days trying to fix it on my own before I decided to call Apple to diagnose the problem. This was a nearly two-week ordeal & I was even given the direct-line number for an Apple technician. The plan was to wipe the computer clean & start from scratch... which terrified me, because I had those wedding photos & all of my Alaska photos, not backed up, on my hard drive. Everyone, please, go back up your data right now. August was such a whirlwind that I didn't bother to back up the files -- after all, I've never had an issue with my MacBook Pro.
Praise the Lord, seriously, that the Thunderbolt cable worked, & I was able to retrieve every single file from my computer & backed them up to my external hard-drive before having to wipe it clean. When I was able to make an appointment with the Apple store, they ran some tests & concluded that the issue with my Mac was simply the video card, an error in their hardware, not something that I had done to cause the computer to fail. The repair, which would have cost over $300.00, was completely covered by Apple, even though my warranty expired way back in 2012. I had to send my computer away for the repair, which was another nine-day ordeal of waiting.
I was without my trusty laptop for a total of one month, & quite honestly that was the longest month of my life. I didn't realize how heavily I relied on this piece of machinery until I could no longer use it. I type faster than I can handwrite, so I usually opt for my laptop when it comes to writing blog posts or when I am meandering through my own thoughts. When it comes to my photographs, well, I can't do anything without a computer. Countless adventures became stagnant, collecting dust in the piles of memory cards around my bedroom. Stripping me of the ability to tell stories through photographs was like a form of slow, painful torture... I am not being dramatic, I was completely miserable.
But alas, yesterday, I was notified that my MacBook was ready for pick up & I was ecstatic. I signed for it & booted it up, holding my breath as I pressed the power button. Everything loaded just fine & for the first time in a month, I saw my desktop. I expected all of my files to be gone, all of my applications requiring an install. But, to my surprise, all of the original files & apps remained intact. Again, praise the Lord, cause only He knows where my original install disc is for Photoshop CS6! I was up until 2 A.M. editing photos, & I have spent my entire day so far doing the exact same thing... I am in Heaven!
I am happy to announce that I am back & I have a slew of stories & photographs to share with you. Let this also be a Public Service Announcement to remind you to back up your data every time you download new photos to your computer. Doesn't matter if you're a professional or not, this day in age, our entire lives are filtered through a computer. Don't take a chance & assume that your technology is perfect--because even my beloved MacBook has proven that it is no such thing.
White River National Forest || Breckenridge, CO
Megan Elizabeth is a storyteller based in Kalispell, Montana. Take a peek at her blog & portfolio, drop her a line, & follow her story on Facebook & Instagram.