|Some of the pictures I'm organizing, finally|
For long time now I've had organizing my photos and videos hanging over my head.
Just when I have figured out how to navigate the latest version of my computer's photo software, Apple comes up with a new version. Then I'm on a whole new learning curve. And you know how that goes. At this time in my life I'm trying to minimize learning new procedures. My brain just isn't as agile as it once was (or ever).
I have 89,731 photos and 4,544 videos on my iMac. Yes folks, that's how many I have.
More than a few are duplicates but most of them are originals.
I still have hundreds if not thousands of old photos to scan to my computer.
And why do I do this? At one time I thought I would leave a history behind me when I depart this dear earth. But I now realize that nobody in my family (that I know of) cares. I'm just old "Uncle Ronnie", the gay guy who lives in Delaware.
The last year or so I've come to realize I have these photos and videos for me to enjoy while I'm alive. I also like to select some and send them some friends who I know would appreciate them. This year I sent several photo books to my former high school classmate who appreciated them greatly. And that's all I need folks, some appreciation. I know I would LOVE to have someone send me some old photos. Alas that will never happen but that's human nature. I understand that now.
I've come to terms with that reality.
At first I felt saddened but not now. One of the truly wonderful things about aging is that things I used to care about, things that upset me, no longer do. Why worry about things I can't change?
Now I have good news. My new friend (and Apple computer specialist) Mike W. has helped me to understand how Photo works on my iMac.
The last week I've been spending an average of about three hours a day organizing my photos and videos into folders. I'm on a roll folks! What a good feeling!
A few months ago I got all my VHS videos tapes transferred to flash drives at a cost of over $1000. A big bite to be sure but well worth it. I will transfer all those videos to YouTube. Who knows? There may be a future relative of mine who will find them of interest. At least those memories will be there after I'm gone. That was a big relief when I completed that task.
Once I get these photos and videos organized my next big task will be to clean out my media room in the basement where I have many more "things" to sort. I know there are some treasures just waiting for to be discovered.
Yes folks, this is what I was going to do when I retired. I'm so glad I'm finally doing it.