At the NDSC, we’ve been celebrating National Safety Month and this year’s theme is, “What I Live For.” We asked everyone in our office to display what they live for on one sheet of paper. This got me thinking: What is it that I’m living for? Why do I choose to make safe decisions?
During that moment of reflection I realized something – to me – my safety has nothing to do with my dreams or aspirations. When I became a wife and a mom there was a shift in my world. For me, my safe decisions are not about whether or not I get to see my son graduate from high school – it’s about HIM not having to grow up without a mother. It’s not about the fact that I want to grow old with my husband, it’s about him not having to raise our child alone. These are the things that motivate me to make safe decisions each and every day.
If you have trouble justifying making safe decisions in your life, take a step back and think. Just for one moment think about the number of people your unsafe decision could affect. Parents, cousins, friends, classmates, coworkers, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws – the list is endless.
So put down your phone and put both hands on the wheel.
Secure your safety harness.
Make a plan for emergencies.
Read the safety warnings and heed their advice.
If you feel inclined, download the free safety resources available during National Safety Month. By utilizing the checklists and following the safety tips, you can help make this world a safer place. Because, in the end, safety isn’t just about you. It’s about those you’d leave behind.