"They're not random," A.J. says. "The first three digits have to do with
where you're born. I was born in New York so I have 095; if you're born in
California, you're in the 500s—it sort of goes from east to west. The middle two
[digits] have to do with when you were born. And then the last four are totally
random. … So if you know someone's social security number, you can basically
figure out where they were born and how old they are."
All of us experience things that completely hit the reset button on our lives. For Nate Berkus, it was surviving the 2004 tsunami that took the life of his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea. Here, the designer shares some of the lessons he learned about hanging on and moving forward.