Sure, getting my wallet stolen is a good reason to be upset. I can get that.

I canceled the cards, reported it to the police, sat at the station for over 4 hours hungry and thirsty, then got home after midnight only to toss and turn all night.

I am usually able to shake things off pretty quickly, but that feeling of being emotional and of being upset…it remained. The more I unpack the emotion, the more I feel…violated.

The thief broke through my personal space bubble, reached into my purse, and stole my very identity.

When I went to the social security administration this morning, I had my marriage license, birth certificate, my old passport, current mail with my name and address, a checkbook, everything I could think of to prove I am who I say I am.

And it was not enough.

Because I had nothing in my married, legal name (ID, credit cards, and social security cards are all stolen!), they said I couldn’t get a replacement card.

They said my marriage license no longer counted because it was in my old name. Same for birth certificate, passport, everything.

In one day, I was reduced from bestselling author, on an unmatched high, to someone who cannot prove their own identity.

To my shame at the time, I cried at the social security office. I didn’t mean to, and I felt weak and helpless. Someone out there is walking around with my only means of proving who I am, and they don’t even care.

And I am here, left feeling silly for being so upset. It’s just a wallet. Things can be replaced, and after all, I’m safe and healthy and my Kindle wasn’t taken.

Yet that feeling of violation remains.

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Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com

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