Whether you prefer the file menu or keyboard shortcut, saving digital work is easy. Can’t be bothered to click buttons or keys? No problem. Auto save will do the job for you. Modern features make it impossible to loose work, except for when they don’t.
This morning I lost a weekend’s worth of work. It wasn’t misplaced. It was just gone. Yes, I searched. No, I didn’t have a backup. A moment of hope warmed my peripherals as I accessed a hidden auto recovery folder. I found a file, but the missing-work version of the file had just saved itself over whatever data had been stored since the loss.
Digital contempt brought forth pledges to abandon the project. I made mental notes of what it’d cost to switch operating systems. I retraced my digital footprints in order to place blame with precision. Best guess? An overnight update had shut the program down, ignoring any save dialogues. I don’t know why it happened, just that two days worth of writing were gone.
Birds outside my winder began chirping out an understanding tune and I came to terms with my situation.
There are two ways to proceed, I thought. Waste more time being upset or find joy in repeating work. I picked joy and, almost as soon as I did, something strange happened. I saw the silver lining. Reasons for why loosing work was a good thing started showing up in my brain like belated birthday cards with money inside.
The most important reason was this. The output may be lost, but the experience is not. Experience is worth a lot. The output is only what I made. The experiences is everything I learned. And, I learned a lot over the weekend. I made mistakes, found the wrong way and realized a better way to things. In reality you’re never starting over. You’re starting better.
I’m not glad to be back at page 14, but I know what I write this go around will be better than it was last time.