So, last night, despite the downpour, blowing the dust off my A+ hardware skills, and time consuming downloads, I have a “better than new” computer at home again. You know, at first I was sad that all my software was gone and I would have to start over with a new hard drive, but now I see it as a bit of poetry.
I knew the hard drive was going and I always back up my art, but I was holding on that it would live though my final term at school and then I would fix it from there; however, it died just as I began my Week 11 finals, and I almost became slightly worried. The good news is that I was able to put 3ds Max and such temporarily on my boyfriend’s computer to finish everything up as quickly as possible on Sunday and Monday. By Tuesday, I was pricing and researching a hard drive, and finally on Wednesday, I was purchasing, installing and formatting everything to a solid working order.
The best part about a clean install is that it is like a new beginning. At first, I was a little sad that I might not have everything I once had on it, but then I realized it was almost like a metaphorical weight being lifted. I was removing all the clutter and things I probably did not need in my computer or my life anymore and I could put back only the things that would be of some use. This kind of process mirrors nearly my mindset with my gym and yoga practice. Simply put, I have a design computer with the internet and a few of the games I still play on it and nothing more.
It moves quickly and it isn’t bogged down by systems from the past; this is just like me.
I know that not everyone knows how to move on in life and it is clear with the actions and practices they follow, but for me, I am appreciating the clean slate of the new computer and this new chapter in my life. I have finished school, continued with top marks, and I will likely have my work showcased on the school’s website to help inspire future graduates.
These are all great feelings and also it is a feeling of great success that does not come in the form of a tangible reward.
Not only is my computer better than before, but I feel better than before, too.
Until next time, my friends…