…And That’s When I Realized My Bag Was Gone

In late October, I was the victim of a theft—specifically, my bag and its contents. Besides work materials from my day job, I lost a bunch of written notes from the semester, most of which were thankfully digitally stored; a couple of pieces of electronics, mainly my personal iPad and a camera that I treasured; and of course a bag of oatmeal raisin cookies. (I had recently returned something from Mikey’s Hook-Up, which has a very particular return policy.)

Alternately I had made light of, dismissed or ultimately suppressed this incident, but it left me feeling unnerved, stressed and set on my heels at just the moment I could least afford it. On the one hand, I felt a sense of lightness and that moment of karmic intervention Christina Xu described, yet it also highlighted key deficiencies in my workflow and process.

Funny thing that life, I keep thinking.

Getting Over the Stuff Stuff

I learned a lot from the stinging loss of that stuff, though the pain quickly subsided. Most of it was in the smart recovery and being able to take problems like this in stride and keep moving.

It’s not all sunshine and puppies, of course. Taking a hard look at what I needed to do highlighted the deficiency of my workflow, which means continuing to struggle at doing things like providing timely updates or including more multimedia in my posts.

Looking to the Future

I persevered, but in reflection it was a more challenging affair than I gave myself credit for. It proved the cloud resilient and reliable, but ultimately I did not seek true recovery. But were a version of this to happen again, I’m already planning my escape. I’m taking this from the opposite of Christina—it’s time to begin my path down the KonMari method, popular though it may be. I’d already been thinking a lot about which items I carry and why just before my bag grew legs—and now I have little excuse not to spend a minute reflecting over more of what I can absolutely do without.

It’s also making me take charge of my workflow, so that I should feel comfortable with whatever comes my way in the future. I don’t want anything to slow me down anymore, and the best way to do that is to have an escape route for whenever any of my plans go awry.