“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” Bernice Johnson Reagon
This quote is especially meaningful for me today since 36-hours ago my laptop computer crashed. All the photos I’ve taken during this trip were on the hard drive, as was the latest version of the book I am writing, my Skype account, and well, pretty much my life.
As you can imagine I was a bit of a mess for about 24-hours. Thank goodness for a friend back in the States who called my French phone and was able to help me calm down and get my perspective back; reminding me, just as the quote by Bernice Johnson Reagon states, I can’t let this paralyze me, or get me down. I must press on!
“Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.” – Robert H. Schuller
The next day I saw my friend Catherine and fortunately she had an extra computer I can use until I get mine fixed or purchase a new one. It’s a mac (I use a PC), and it has a French keyboard with many letters in different locations then on an American keyboard. But it has Word and connects to the Internet, so I can at least get online, call home via Skype and take care of some things until I can get a new computer.
I have a fairly recent version of my novel on an external hard drive, so all is not lost.
My dad is a computer wiz, so hopefully when I get home he can help me get the files and pictures off my laptop hard drive.
Obviously this is not the end of the world and I keep reminding myself – I’m in Paris, I’m living my dream. Challenges happen and we can always learn something for them.
So I will take out my notebook and pen, and continue writing my book longhand, like all the writers did before computers and typewriters.
“Without difficulties, life would be like a stream without rocks and curves – about as interesting as concrete. Without problems, there can be no personal growth, no group achievement, no progress of humanity. But what matters about problems is what one does with them.” Benjamin Hoff, The Te Of Piglet