Being Prepared for the What If
Have you ever been robbed? What if you lost a precious valuable item? To say the least, these types of things are just no fun. They send you on an emotional roller coaster. Of course these incidents usually happen when you least expect it. They take you by surprise and leave you hurt, angry, and with an overwhelming sense of heartbreak. We all try to avoid these situations as best we can. Another resolution is to be better prepared when these “What Ifs” do happen.
Something as simple as accidentally leaving your car unlocked can change the trajectory of your life in an instant. In the middle of one summer night, my laptop, hard drive, camera (with a memory card full of family pictures) and a small amount of cash were all stolen out of my vehicle. It was parked in a very unsuspecting location… my driveway. I had accidentally forgotten to lock my doors after getting home late that evening. Although I filed a police report and I had the serial number for the laptop, nothing was ever recovered. And as distressing as it was, fortunately the items were covered under homeowners insurance and I was, at least, monetarily reimbursed. But the amount of hours of work on that laptop, ouch! And the pictures from the camera of a concert my family and I had gone to, a wonderful family memory – gone! In addition, a very substantial amount of time was spent researching values and origins of my stolen items, which was a painstaking process and seemed to just add salt to my wound.
On another unsuspecting occasion, my sister lost a very personal and important item. As she prepared to go into the home improvement store, she was in her car and was putting hand lotion on. She had taken off her ring and had forgotten to put it back on before getting out of the car. It wasn’t until she returned to her car after shopping in the store that she discovered it wasn’t on her finger. Despite searching everywhere, it was gone. She was devastated and utterly heartbroken. It was the wedding ring of our beloved grandmother who had passed away a short time before. My sister felt horrible. This famly heirloom was lost (or stolen, who knows). Without so much as a photo of the ring, it is now a distant memory.
Some things I have learned:
- Don’t leave ANYTHING valuable in your car. Ever. Locked or not. (No matter how late it is or how tired you are!)
- Be aware of your surroundings and pay close attention.
- Take inventory and document photos and information about irreplaceable valuables.
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