I survived a catastrophic hard drive failure of my computer. It went to the point where I had to replace the hard drive and start over. Even though I backed up my data, it had been a while since I had, so I lost some of my data.
As I looked back at it, I had developed a normalcy bias. This is a fancy term for the wrong-minded thinking that because something has never happened, it will never happen, or to put it more succinctly, "it can't happen to me!"
Now the data that I lost is easy to replace; I had some ballistic charts that I had found and copied from the internet. I had some downloaded PDF manuals and books etc. But in the grand scheme of things, I didn't suffer any long term loss.
However, I think that it was more beneficial than harmful because it really caused me to step back and look at the way that I had been thinking and frankly, it startled and scared me a bit. If it was so easy for me to ignore this simple thing, what else might I be overlooking?