Playing it safe from time to time could save us a lot of hurt in certain situations. I used to ‘play it safe’ and still do in some aspects of my life. However, there is a difference between playing it safe and playing it too safe.
In fact, playing it too safe is probably one sure way of increasing the odds that very little happens to you. You’re probably wondering, how is this a bad thing and what makes it so dangerous?
Some dangers of ‘playing it too safe‘ include:
- We limit our experiences and by extension our learning. If you are unwilling to try new things or do things differently from time to time how would you learn and grow your knowledge. Reading knowledge from a book is great because you get a point of reference but actually attempting something or trying something new gives you that experience that you will carry with you for a lifetime – no book could give you that!
- We can cause others to naturally exclude us from events. If you are invited to events from time to time and your answer is always NO eventually people would stop asking. Of course, I’m referring to people you are familiar with and feel safe being around. I’m in no way suggesting you put yourself in any situation that can be potentially harmful to your well-being.
- We let our fear of uncertainty prevent us from truly enjoying life. Life is full of uncertainties that is a given however, if we allow ourselves to stay out or away from everything, are we enjoying our lives? Take small steps, do little things and enjoy the air and breath that you wake up each day to enjoy.
- We pass on this way of thinking and living to our children making them fearful of the world. As parents, our job is to protect our children but we should do so objectively. Yes, we have to warn them of the potential dangers out there but we should also show them that the world still has in it good things as well that can and should be enjoyed.
- We limit the knowledge we have about ourselves such as likes, dislikes, true strengths and weaknesses because we don’t want to try anything new. When we avoid anything that is new or different how do we really know if we like it or dislike it without even trying. I’ve never done drugs but what I know of it and seen I know without a doubt that is not something I want to be messing with. There are just some experiences we don’t need to mess with. Pick your battles, stay safe and stay smart!
- We can end up isolating ourselves. Sometimes being too safe could cause us to share little of ourselves with others. It’s okay to say hi or just flash a smile from time to time. Sometimes when a stranger says “Good morning or Hello” it is just that, they are simply being nice and courteous.
- We have difficulty accepting change. We want things how we want it, the way we’ve known it and don’t want to try anything else. It is good to change up your routine from time to time. Take a different route home, try a different brand it is good to have options.
All in all, life is just too short to be stuck doing things one way all the time. We are here to enjoy life, to learn, to love and share with each other while having some fun along the way. Create memories that put a smile on your face and brings joy to your heart. Be brave but not reckless. Share the moments with the people you love.
Stay blessed. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Have a great day!