I remember reading that there is nothing really ironic Alanis’ Morissette’s hit song, “Ironic.” I totally blame listening to that song as a kid for falsely affecting what the word “ironic” means to me.
Anyway, this isn’t ironic in the real sense of the word, but in the Alanis Morissette sense of the word:
I spent a couple of hours fixing my financial data on my app… then my phone had to be wiped clean. Without me doing a backup, so essentially all my financial data for the past few weeks is gone. And it had to happen a few hours later, too. All that work, down the drain. Sigh.
Let me backtrack a little.
I’m one of those people who keeps a close eye on their finances. I have an app where I record every dollar I get, as well as every little thing I spend my money on. That way, I know I exactly where my money’s going, and can keep tabs if I’m spending too much. So, I was really bummed when I found out that all my data was gone. It’s easy to keep track of my credit card spending, because all that stuff’s online, but there’s no other way for me to find out how I spent my cash.
I was pretty upset for around an hour, when I realized: what am I so upset about? I was basically just using the app as a guide for my spending. I didn’t need the record of exactly where I spent my money for the past months. I’d just finished recording February, and I was happy because I’d kept within my budgets, and to be honest, that was all I ever wanted to know.
What I was more upset about, was the fact that I put in so much work, and all of it was wiped out in a heartbeat. I got too focused on the effort I put in versus the outcome I really wanted, and not having a record of my efforts bugged me, even though it wasn’t important in the long run.
While the journey counts as much as (or some people may argue, more than) the destination, I realized that always having or wanting a record of the journey is unnecessary, and a negative byproduct of today’s digital recording age.
As for me, I’ll just set up my app again when I get back to Sydney.