It had been a hectic morning. I recorded two interviews before leaving for the airport but I made it to the terminal with plenty of time. About 100 passengers ahead of me were being rushed as their flights were affected by weather but I had plenty of time. No reason to panic - I've done this dozens of times:
Print boarding pass
Check a suitcase
Head towards security
Have ID and boarding pass ready
Take out any liquids, aerosols or gels
Take everything out of my pockets
Place my shoes on the conveyor belt
Unzip my laptop bag and pull out my.....................
WAIT! WHERE IS MY LAPTOP?!
The spot where my MacBook is stored was empty. Did someone steal it when I wasn't looking? All my recordings and videos that I was going to work on, did I have a sufficient backup for all my recordings? What about all my pictures?
I texted my wife: "URGENT: Go to my office. Is my laptop there?"
She replied and my heart instantly sighed - I had left it on my desk.
Being distracted sucks
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