The two weeks I didn’t have THIS felt like an eternity

I guess it kind of felt the same as when we don’t have our phones for a few hours. Nervousness. Anxiety. I had to turn in my computer for some parts to be replaced. They said it would be just a few days but it felt like I was on a tight rope with no net. No INTERnet that is!

Corny jokes aside, this was the second time since I’ve owned it that my laptop wouldn’t recognize anything plugged into the ports. That’s kind of a big deal because that’s where the charger connects. So it slowly went all the way down to 4% and I was pretty much in full panic mode for one main reason: I had a project for a client and he had JUST emailed with a few changes that would wrap up the project. But like I said, my computer had 4% of its battery left.


I brought it in to a certified tech and hoped for the best. With it being December 21st and so close to Christmas, I had no idea what to expect for turnaround.

So needless to say, I had to get comfortable without my computer. Not only did I use it for professional work, but also writing for Out of the Wilderness, and editing photos to post on FineArtAmerica.

I’ve never been handcuffed by the police, or wrapped in a straight jacket, or asked to build a pyramid with no tools, but the feeling of constraint was a real thing. These things I enjoyed doing, get paid to do, were on the other side of a deep chasm with no bridge for me to get there.

The holidays came and went and I grew comfortable with the idea I wouldn’t have my computer for awhile. I was also about to leave town so I had to come to the realization I wouldn’t have my computer for the length of that trip.

But then!

The day before I left town, I got a call that my computer was ready. What!!! That was the best news of the day. I quickly made plans to go pick it up and I’m happy to say the next two things:

  1. This blog post was written on the fixed computer.
  2. With my computer, the picture on the screen below was uploaded, edited, and is available for purchase in all kinds of formats here on

The two weeks I went without my computer were tough. It took creativity, prayer, and patience to get through it all but I was able to finish the project for the client and still managed to not turn into a Grinch over the Christmas holiday.

All in all, I’d call it a Christmas miracle and I’d also give a lot of credit to the technicians who worked hard to get my computer back to me before my trip.

Have you had an experience that hindered your level of comfort? Did it also limit the amount of work you could do? How do you feel when you don’t have your computer (or phone) for a few hours or days? Comment below, I look forward to reading about it!

Thanks for dropping in…

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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