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Security: Is it the Enemy? By: Cheyenne Coleman

ColemanIs security really a necessity? In today’s world, we are practically guaranteed security. We have winter coats and heat to keep us warm, food in the fridge, and cars to get us places. To many of us, we think it is a necessity because we are so afraid  of uncertainty. There comes a time, hopefully sooner than later, that we find time limited.

I often find that we should be more afraid of what we are missing rather than what we are afraid to lose. I was once a girl who found security in a mound full of clothing on my bedroom floor. It meant I held status. I could keep up with the girls in my high school. Or so I thought. I also figured a new car, a college education, and a good job with health benefits was necessary to live above the poverty line.

Today is a different world for me. I find comfort in uncertainty. It means I feel alive because I have to push myself to survive, seriously. Hiking is no task for fearful people. I truly believe the more you push yourself outside your comfort zone, the more you grow. I never thought in a million years that I would dream of living in a van. But here I am today, contemplating all of it. Do objects mean security? I don’t think so. The less you have, the less stress and worry you have about keeping them. Now, when buying things I ask myself, “Could this fit in a van and what purpose does it serve me?” It’s not so much the idea of a van, it’s more about exploring the untouched parts of the world.

A sense of security is the free market’s way of keeping you in the rat race. They make you feel you need a house, designer clothing, and shiny cars to have security. But how much value does that bring into your life? Will you remember the outfit you wore three weeks ago?
What I find more important than security is a connection with something, in my case nature, and strong relationships. You will always remember the good relationships you have had with people in your life. Those you can take with you. I hope you can find security in more people rather than things. I’m not saying we can’t have material goods, but make it more about the experiences in life rather than the accumulation.

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