- Mental Health
What's Your Security Blanket?
Most - if not all - children have a security blanket, whether it be a favorite stuffed animal, a favorite article of clothing (my toddler's used to be a Nemo pajama top she had to wear every single night, until she finally outgrew it), or an actual blanket.
As we reach adulthood, I often wonder whether or not we really outgrow the need for such creature comforts. Instead of putting such infantile practices behind us, do we simply adopt new security blankets to take the place of our old ones?
Although I'm in my early thirties, I possess not just one, but two security blankets. One for the winter (a warm, cozy pumpkin hued turtle neck sweater), and one for the summer (a tailored short sleeved lavender hued blouse).
For one reason or another, when I wear either tops I feel empowered; attractive; spontaneous; invincible; on top of the world; like nothing can go wrong. What is it about these garments that engender feelings of courage, calm, and contentment?
Much like myself, millions view inanimate objects as their personal security blankets. So much so, that it tends to border on superstition.
Case in point, sports players wear the same unwashed socks or undergarments every single game. Some individuals keep a rabbit's foot on a key chain, while others wear 'lucky' charms around their necks or wrist.
Whatever compels even the most logical of us to make said objects our comfort or coping mechanisms, can very well range from obsessive behavior, to something as simple as familiarity. All I know is, I've got my security blanket, what's yours?