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Now more than ever, our lives are defined and enhanced by the records we keep of them. Through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+, our lives have become continual live streams of faces, events, artistic impressions, and experiences. No longer do our pictures and videos stay in bins of negatives–like my mom’s extensive collection of photos that’s sticking together more and more with every passing month–but those pictures are little markers along the way that do far more than cover our walls. They define our digital lives.
If you’re anything like I am, when it comes to deciding what camera to buy, it’s a big deal. And while that entire experience is worthy of another post, the fact of the matter is that once that device is in hand I want to make sure that it’s going to be safe. Let’s just say that I’m not the most graceful of creatures. The likelihood that I do something rather mindless or clumsy is extremely likely. And that camera that I just spent days, weeks, months researching? I hate to admit it, but there’s a very high chance that I’ll do something like accidentally drop it down the gap in London between metro cars, or inadvertently let it slip into the water of the Seine. Or, heck, simply sit on it while I’m at home.
I mean, think about it. You’ve finally got the family to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or the Grand Canyon, or Big Sur–you’ve got all the settings right on your camera, you’ve been setting up the shots in your mind for weeks. And just as that moment, already composing the Facebook post in your mind, the worst thing happens. The tech bites the dust. Maybe it was the kids. Maybe it was you. But now you’re left with just a few, unappealing choices. You can go without a camera, you can rely on something like your iPhone camera, you can shell out for a new one or, in my case, you can sit down and cry.
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Having recently visited Canada with my kids, meeting family members in their 90s and touring barns and farmland that my ancestors built and worked for generations, it makes me a little panicked to think I might not have gotten some of the pictures that I did in that perfect little town in Quebec. I don’t know when I’ll be back again. But I do know that when I do go back, I’ll have another layer of protection in hand: I need to protect my bubble. Not just for my friend feed, but for the fleeting memories.
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