What If You Lost Everything?
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary.
Posted by Ryan Neal
What If You Lost Everything?
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal

Sunday, November 27; 6:10pm Austin, TX 

About 90 minutes ago I learned that on November 23 at 1:08pm someone wrote a cashier's check and closed one of my bank accounts.

What am I doing about it?

I'm drinking Oolong tea and listening to The Runaways on repeat. First it was Live In Japan, but now it's their self-titled. Both very solid rock records. I highly recommend them if you're into good hooks.

What else can I do, you know? I'm sure there's an explanation for it.

Lest you think I'm being perfectly calm about this, I'm not. I'm a bit freaked out, but again, nothing I can do. No sense in freaking out too much.

Assuming it's gone forever? I'm not destitute, so don't worry about me. (Please don't send "oh no, hope you're OK" e-mails. I'm feeling pretty outstanding.)

This situation has caused me to think about what I would do if I lost everything.

When I say "everything" I mean what the typical person would think. Money and possessions.

I can honestly say that, besides the annoyance of having to start from scratch, it wouldn't affect me much. Maybe I'm lying to myself, but I don't think I am. Otherwise I'd probably be crying right now.

This isn't to say I don't care.

I care a lot about a lot of things.

  • My brain.
  • My health.
  • My family and friends.
  • Fuji apples.
  • The pursuit of one arm pushups.
Money and stuff? Pretty easily replaceable. Maybe annoying to replace, but replaceable none-the-less.

We at the Only72 camp have learned this lesson well lately. Baker, my partner-in-fun at Only72, had his MacBook Pro stolen 2 weeks ago. That was no fun, but was it the end of the world? Nope. Get a new computer and get back at it.

Why am I not too freaked about about having one of my bank accounts completely emptied? Because entrepreneurs are used to starting from zero. The bank isn't my ATM machine, what I have in my head is my ATM.

If you'd like that same confidence there aren't many better ways to go about acquiring it than to become an entrepreneur. It can be scary and it's not easy, but it's the only way I know and a highly recommended life path.

Update (12/4): I have a new bank account. I also have the money from the old bank account in the form of a cashier's check. Now I just need to deposit the cashier's check into the bank account. Almost all set! :)