What makes Valentine's Day special to me is sharing it with the ones I love.
On that note, I'd like to share a story that happened to me last week that makes me so grateful for the all people in my life.
Last week, I was going through TSA, on my way to Colorado. I took out my laptop, took off my shoes, emptied my pockets and put everything in the bin. I walked through security, collected my things, and, after taking my flight to Denver, I opened up my backpack to pull out my laptop. To my shock, it wasn't there!
In a flash, I knew that it was at TSA where I had seen it last. I called Miami airport police, who told me to file an online claim for my laptop with Lost and Found (of course, Lost and Found has no phone number).
The next day, Wednesday, there was still no word. What if it's gone forever? Since I work as a graphic designer and entrepreneur (42 Dubonnet). I felt panicked!!
"It's my livelihood!", I said to myself. "It's like loosing $2000!!" I had a huge pit in my stomach.
Thursday, I received an email that they hadn't found it so I assumed the worst at that point. Thankfully, I was able to borrow a PC laptop from my friend, Peter, and ask my friend, Stephanie, to send me my old laptop. I had pretty much given up hope and needed to move on...it's probably gone forever.
Friday, I decided to call the airport police again to see at what point I should file it stolen. I told them it was lost or maybe taken during the TSA screening.
They asked, "Have you called TSA?"...I said, "I can call TSA?"...who knew you could call TSA?!
So I call TSA and I explained to them the details and that my apple laptop has a sticker that says "Graphic Designer, Branding & Packaging, cremedemint.com"....and guess what? They tell me they have a laptop matching my description and it had been sent to Lost and Found. I'm thrilled, but again have no way to reach them with the exception of updating my Lost and Found profile. So far I'd still heard nothing from them, so I decided to be more proactive.
I asked another friend, Danny, who lives close to the airport to see if he can go down there, maybe he will have luck and be able to pick up my computer (nothing beats being in person!).
I was in luck! So much luck in fact! Saturday morning Danny, texted me that he had my computer and was on his way to UPS to send it to me. Right then, and with a little help from fate, I received a message from my friend, Ani, who mentioned she was on a flight to Denver that afternoon and wanted to meet up. I immediately tell her about the debacle of my laptop to see if she might be able to bring it with her. Next I texted Danny and it turned out he was only steps away from where she was!!! Can you believe that?! I had barely finishing texting and they both confirmed she had my laptop in hand. I could hardly believe it!! None of us could!
That night Ani and I met in Denver and I got my laptop back safe and sound (and am typing on it as we speak).
Being without my computer last week was a humbling experience. What made last week bearable and the outcome unbelievably, amazing were the wonderful friends who were there for me. I am filled with love and gratitude for everyone who helped me and feel so fortunate for the outcome.
This experience, in a few months, will fortunately fade into a memory of the time I ALMOST lost my computer. When life throws you a curve ball, as it does from time to time, I hope that each one of you are fortunate to have friendships (friends/family) to help you through those moments of uncertainty.
Being with the ones you love...that's the true spirit of Valentine's Day. We hope you can spend it with the ones you love.