Naturally, when I lost my phone last Friday, I was devastated. I mean, stomach in knots, call my parents, can't really sleep devastated. And not even because I can't function without my phone (though admittedly I was struggling), but just from the sheer fact that I had lost it.
So now I have a new phone, and it's pretty great. Superficial as it may be, I'm extremely happy that my new phone has a front-facing camera. It makes taking selfies and using Snapchat a lot easier.
For starters, it reminded me that it doesn't matter how responsible you are, or think you are, things are going to happen anyway and you don't have a lot of control over it. You just have to accept that.
It also reminded me how fast things can happen. I lost my phone somewhere between leaving for the bus stop and getting off the bus, and it wasn't long after getting off that I noticed it was missing. I promptly went back to the bus to look for it and it was nowhere to be found. And I just had to accept that.
I can't let myself get worked up over something trivial. I can't get upset over losing something with no sentimental value. Especially when it's easily replaceable.
So, psychologically, it was good for me because it showed me that I shouldn't sweat the small stuff.
A more practical lesson was the importance of backing things up. It was just luck that I didn't have anything important saved to my phone, and even luckier that any pictures I may have wanted, like the ones from the Joel Plaskett concert, were already saved in Dropbox. Now with my new phone, I make sure I save everything to either Dropbox or Evernote or both. If something happens to this phone, I may not be lucky twice. Seriously guys, Dropbox and Evernote. Get them. Super useful.
Lastly, it gave me a clean slate. I had just bought a phone with no contacts and no extra apps. Now all that's on my phone are people I actually text and apps I actually use.
Sidebar: Apps You'll Use According to Taylor
- Brightest Flashlight
- Flappy Bird
I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss my old phone. While this phone is different, it's similar enough to my old phone that it gets me confused and frustrated. Nevertheless, I try to look at the positive side of things, and it seems that losing my phone is a lot more positive than it first appeared.