1 : the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss
1 : the quality or state of being secure: as a : freedom from danger : safety b : freedom from fear or anxiety
I have thought a lot about safety and security this week, as I commit to writing. I consider what brings me here, to transform thought into concrete phrase, in a potentially public, but currently controlled environment. I think of the rewards and complications of revealing private thoughts in a public forum.
I think, too, of what will be lost by playing it safe, by withholding that which I would choose to share because I fear criticism (my own being the most harsh), being misunderstood, judged or perhaps worst of all, disregarded.
I set myself the task of identifying those environments where I feel safe and secure as a writer and those where I feel less safe from hurt, less free from fear and anxiety. Those writing environments represent my life.