It's been an interesting experience to begin to rebuild my files after the hard drive crash. I realized, during the initial period of relief that I could again indulge my computer addiction, that I had lost everything that was in my old hard drive: sermons dating back several years, ceremony templates, downloads of software, etc. I do have many of the older files saved on a disk, but not the new stuff. Some of it will have to be retyped in and reinstalled.
It's kind of like having your house burn down and losing all your belongings. The task becomes deciding what to replace. In this case, do I replace the old Appleworks word processing program that I had saved from an elderly eMac? Or do I invest in the new iWorks from Apple? I already have Word for Mac, but I prefer an Apple product.
Whatever I decide to do, it means getting used to something new after years of being comfortable with a computer loaded with just what I liked to use. The new iWorks, which I have on trial for 30 days, is remarkably similar in its design to the Word for Mac, with formatting procedures which are unfamiliar and will take getting used to.
Some life changes are easy and enjoyable. Some are tougher. I'm a little self-conscious about the fact that adjusting to new computer designs is harder for me than some of life's other challenges! Who knew, when we were all revelling in the wonders of computer abilities, that this machine would come to be so important in our lives? Not me!