Safety is a term we are all familiar with in some form or another and is something we desire when it comes to many areas of our lives. It’s root word “safe”, means protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost. Life brings us all sorts of danger and risk in our jobs, relationships, travel pursuits, hobbies, and anything else one can think of. We cannot avoid many of the potential negatives, nor do we want to, because we would not be able to reach what we desire without them.

While the idea of needing to be or feel safe can hold us back from reaching many of the things we’ve wanted (leaving our comfort zones is very important in our development as humans), I cannot express enough how critical it is to feel safe when it comes to our support systems. By support systems, I am talking about all of those amazing and supportive individuals who care about you and want to see you accomplish everything as you pursue your dreams. These people are your family, friends, significant others, co-workers, etc.; anyone who wants to see you succeed and shine your brightest.

The most amazing thing about your support systems (I’m referring to those who withstand the test of time and stick by your side as you figure your life out, not those who are there for a season and out the door the next) is that they will not only give you a feeling of safety, but will also encourage you to dive into potentially unsafe waters. They recognize that it might take some risk, rejection, or danger to get from Point A to Point B, and they will encourage you to leave your bubble of safety to do so. And if you happen to fall on your butt while doing so, guess what, they will be right there to help you up. Why? Because they are there for you through thick and thin. You matter to them and they will always want you to know that.

Photo Credit; Ryan Magnuson (Devil's Lake State Park)
Photo Credit; Ryan Magnuson (Devil’s Lake State Park)

Getting back to the heart of things, safety can be a very beautiful thing when thought of in the right context. When it comes to chasing your dreams, taking the safe road is alright and can lead to a very fulfilling life. However, if you find yourself unfulfilled and longing for something more (if it contributes positively to your overall well-being), it would be wise for you to seriously consider leaving what you know to be safe to reach for something greater. When it comes to who supports you, feeling safe is exactly what you need. There is nothing quite like having someone or a solid group of people who love you, who you trust with everything, who feel comfortable enough around you to share what they really think, and who encourage you to leave your safety to go get what you want. We need these relationships and would not be who we are without them.

Safety can be a beautiful thing when used in the right ways. Continue to use your mind and your heart as you approach what scares you and know that the one’s who matter will be there always.


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