Recently I was driving home from work when I realised that an unusual light had illuminated on my car’s display. After looking carefully through the car’s manual, it become apparent that there is some sort of malfunction with one of the safety airbags – an ‘occupant restraint system consisting of a flexible envelope designed to inflate rapidly during an automobile collision. Its purpose is to cushion occupants during a crash and provide protection to their bodies when they strike interior objects such as the steering wheel or a window‘ (according to Wikipedia). I have to tell you that I’ve never seen an airbag spring into action…to be perfectly honest with you, I forget that I even have them in my car at all. Yet, they remain in the background at all times ready to save my life should the situation call for it. Whatever the issue in my car, I need to get it sorted, and fast.
I think that most of us have what I am going to call ‘airbag friends’. Yes, I know how this sounds and no, this is not a reference to them being full of hot air or known for their wind. Rather, this is a reference to those friends of yours that you don’t necessarily see every day and might not be the most prominent at that Christmas party you always go to but who will spring into action whenever you’re in danger. The kind of friends that protect you when you need it most.
Airbag friends are those people around you who stick up for you when others are pulling you down. The friends who are there to cushion a potentially painful blow and ensure that the damage is minimal. The truth is, an airbag friend may still hurt you in the act of protecting you (airbags in cars can still cause damage in collisions), but it’s for the sake of your overall safety and wellbeing. Maybe the impact of what your airbag friends say to you hurts, but it just might be the conversation that stops you from seriously damaging yourself in the long term.
I’m immensely grateful for my airbag friends. I am so much safer because you have protected me when it matters. Thank you!