She was the first to ask

“What’s that mean?” she asked. “Safety Third.”

She was the first person who had asked what my shirt meant.

I said: “It means joy should come first.

Or we can stay in our cave, stay safe, not take risks.”

In a world that’s increasingly about getting more: being more open, having more, producing more, gaining more experiences… we still haven’t become more brave.

Excitement is still stimulating us, but in very constructed, intentional packages, being delivered through screens, apps, profiles, and now, literal masks.

Instead of taking risks, we medicate ourselves with more work, more play, more drugs.

Because that’s safe: We know what to expect in those structured places.

But joy comes from exploring, from surprises, from navigating hardships, from experiences in the unknown.

Not safety.