“Safety Not Guaranteed”: Why Everyone Needs a Little Change

Over the weekend, my other half and I watched “Safety Not Guaranteed,” an interesting film about a man who is searching for “someone to go back in time with me” for a “mission” to change an incident in his past.

The film centers around a sort of jerky reporter and his two interns as they research the man who posted an ad for “Wanted:Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED.”

By the end of the film, the man is asking one of the interns to trust him and go on a time traveling “mission” back to the past. He’s extending his hand to her as the machine is whirling, making noises and she has no way of knowing if this is how it will all end for her — in the middle of a lake on a man-made contraption with lasers.

This movie reminds me of my own “safety not guaranteed” mission — when my other half extended his hand and asked me to pack up, leave the world I know and move to Canada on a whim.

The two of us met on a dragonboat and had participated in several races north of border during our time with the team. We came to appreciate what Vancouver had and realized it was a livable town. However for the longest time, it was just an idea. A random thought.

We weren’t even dating at the time that he asked me to move with him. We were getting closer to that point, but far from being boyfriend and girlfriend. So, why did I grab his hand and jump on board? Gut feelings.

Often labeled as a hunch or intuition, it’s the little flutter in the belly or that invisible hand pushing you one direction while your brain is dragging you back the other.

In the July 2013 edition of Success Magazine, Martha Beck (author of “Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live”) said “What brings you positive, joyful and liberating sensations emotionally – and physically, actually – that’s going to be closer to your purpose.” Meaning, if you listen to your emotions and what your gut (body) is telling you, you will be headed down the right path in life.

In the article titled “Go Straight for the Joy” the author states that “making a decision to change our life in a way that fulfills our purpose, arouses a good deal of fear.” We have to let go of the comfortable, the routine, in order to discover new things or what makes us happy.

Perhaps we all need a lesson in “safety not guaranteed.” It gives us the chance to stretch beyond on our daily routine and mental blocks to grasp a better understanding of ourselves or even the world around us.

Next time you feel the flutter of butterflies in your stomach or sweat in your palm, I say reach out, grab the extended hand and jump on board the laser machine.

You have no idea where it will take you — but there is an adventure to be had.

* Article: “Go Straight for the Joy” by Amy Anderson in the July 2013 issue of Success Magazine