“I don’t need to drive slowly, I’ll never get in an accident.”
“Why would I study, I’ll pass the test easily!”
“Of course I can make the team, I’m the best player in school!”
If you’re like me, your most cringe-worthy memories are from your teenage years. The feelings of invincibility, that you’re the most special person in the world and that nothing could go wrong, might still haunt you. I remember the first accident I ever got in - just staring at the car in front of me, shocked that I could have possibly hit another car on the highway because I wasn’t paying attention.
If that sounds familiar, or even better, extremely irritating, it’s because teenagers lack one thing - experience. In their short lives, they’ve never experienced failure, or bad mistakes, or misfortune. They don’t have the context to understand that things can, and will, go wrong.
Which is why it’s so shocking that reasonable, mature, experienced people act like a teenager every day when it comes to their computer. “Oh, it’s never crashed before, why would it start now?” is something we hear over and over again - from people whose computers just crashed.
If you don’t back up your computer, really think about why not. If it’s a sense that nothing could ever go wrong for you, then maybe think about how you feel looking back on those arrogant teenage decisions you made, and reconsider; after all, computers crash all the time. Nothing is stopping it from happening to you.
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