Some doors are closed for reasons we may never understand. Others open to the unimaginable interior. I like to call this opportunity.
I like the mechanical elements of how doors work. I like there is a requirement to either push or pull. I think it’s fascinating how depending on the design of the mechanism a door can open “forward” or “backwards”. Technically it’s all relative to your reference point. Anyway that’s getting way too involved with the actual physics of the system. I like doors as a metaphor too. As an analogy to providing opportunity. A way to see differently or to change your life in a way that leads you with courage through the next passage way. Actually the way my thoughts are headed right now seem to be reminding me of the time summer of 2013 in Germany. In my international study abroad class about decision making in the EU, there was a girl in my class from the Netherlands. I sat next to her quite a bit. One day she told me about this famous and exotic labyrinth that she went to there in Berlin. Apparently it had also been shown on the Amazing Race. I was pretty much sold on this idea from then on. She told me how there was a bar and club attached to the labyrinth and how it was weird and trashy but very cool. Naturally I did what anyone else who was curious would do. I got a group of fellow classmates and they also happened to be in my program so I new them a bit better, and we took the U-bahn and S-bahn trains to get to the part in Berlin where this labyrinth was. Thankfully we made it there in time. We bought our tickets and then had to wait for an hour and a half. I remember being so nervous and so uncertain especially cause this place just seemed on another level of weird, hipster and creepy. It made me uncomfortable because it was so abstract and different. Finally the time came and we were called in. One by one each of us were taken to this brick wall. After watching this short clip I found myself pushing against the brick only to find that it was an illusion and really a door. Intuitively I took a step forward into a room that appeared to be small and shrinking….if I tried to explain this whole process to you, I might bore you and I’d probably fall asleep. So, long story short it was trip-y. It messed with my mind so much that when we left and were back on the train everything looked different and distorted. I barely slept that night cause every time I closed my eyes I saw all the gears, the room that looked like the interior of a tree, all those silicon/rubber strings we walked through. Just lots of colorful and off the wall images. I guess the point of the story was that I was scared about walking into the unknown yet I came out alive, thank G-d, and it changed my perspective. I felt happy to have faced my fear and challenged myself to do that more. I walked through a door that I didn’t even know was a door at the time and I think this applies to my life in more ways than just this story. It reminds me that everything happens for a reason. Teaches me a lesson and helps me grow and change to be who I am today. For that reason alone, doors are pretty great and I’m thankful for both the physical and spiritual doors opening and closing in my life taking me to my potential, to who I will be tomorrow!
Ps. This song is all about doors closing and leading you to the next opening, bringing you where you are supposed to go.