Every improv show starts in the green room with each improviser touching each of their teammates on the back, making quick eye contact and saying "I've got your back."
We do this because - it's tradition - but also because creating a show out of nothing in front of strangers is SCARY. It's so important to be reminded in those vulnerable moments that your teammates are here for YOU above all else; that they'll be listening and looking for ways to support you no matter what's about to happen.
When we can trust that our teammates will catch us no matter what, we feel safe to be brave. We feel safe to commit; to stop thinking and pour all of our risky, no-way-could-I-otherwise-do-this creativity into the show.
It's easy to assume the people in our lives know it already, but it never hurts to tell them! I have committed to some of my bravest life decisions, and have pushed through some of my most aggravating days in foster care because my husband has taken the time to say those 4 simple words to me: "I've got your back."
There is magic in support <3
See what happens when you make a habit of reminding the people in your life that you have their back - who knows what possibilities you might unlock simply by reminding someone that it's safe to explore the unknown!