LOSING something precious to you can be devastating.
While many things can be easily replaced; a phone, a car… it is things you often take for granted, like photographs, that when they are gone, they are gone forever.
I've had a number of friends in the past month lose all their photographs stored on a computer or a phone.
There were no negatives to reprint, and no prints had been made at all.
Some took the option to spend big bucks to attempt to do data recovery, others just gave up all hope from the start.
It is a problem unique to this electronic era, and it is so easily preventable.
Backing up your data is one solution. Another is posting on social media.
You have your memories but after time even these will fade.
That is why I'm happy to have posted so many photographs and snippets of my life online.
Even if my computer died and I hadn't backed it up, it is all still there on Facebook.
And it is not just for the photographs either.
For years I have been writing some of the funny conversations I have had with my son, and I am so glad I did.
I took a trip down memory lane via Facebook recently, and laughed so much at some of his crazy observations.
Like when he was calling Havaiana thongs his hyena fongs.
And when he told me he liked carrot sticks. "Not the big ones, just the sticks."
Even when critiquing my cooking, sampling a piece of spaghetti out of the pot, then telling me it wasn't quite cooked yet, but to keep trying.
There was the time we were walking past a manicure place and he asked if he could get his nails sharpened.
And the time he cleared the dance floor during a waltz because he didn't want to do a 'marrying song'.
For anyone out there who rolls their eyes whenever friends post random photographs and statements on Facebook, just think what they are doing it for.
It is like an online diary, a record of their life as well as a way to share things with family and friends.
Like me, when their memories fade they can find them again.