- Rabindranath Tagore
When I was living overseas I became fascinated with the door handles in Europe. So many of them have been around for a century or more, with burnished spots where thousands of hands have rested briefly.
These door handles are about missed chances - what doesn't happen if you don't open the door. Not in a girl-scout-selling-cookies kind of way, but in a be-your-best-self-for-the-world kind of way. If you are too afraid to take that first action, to reach out and press down, maybe even put a shoulder to the door, then whatever lies on the other side is gone to you.
I'm comforted by the idea that so many people before me have "opened the door". That it (probably) won't kill me. That people are opening metaphorical doors every minute of every day, and for some, the other side is pure magic.