March 14, 2010

Welcome to the Hallway

I know it's been a while since my last blog, but that certainly isn't because I don't have anything to say. It's quite the contrary, in fact, but I struggle with how much of my life I wish to divulge in this public forum. Sometimes, I feel it would be extremely cathartic to let it all out and journal about whatever happens to be going through my head. Other times, though, I worry about who might see it and what people might think (a thought that enters my mind far more often than I'd like to admit).

What I will say, for now, is that my life is at somewhat of a turning point, both personally and professionally. I am standing at the fork in the road and will soon take a path. In some instances, the path I choose will be chosen for me, and in others, I will have a say. Regardless of how I get there, the idea of ending up on a path I've never before ventured is terrifying to me. I am not a person who embraces change... I like the comfort that comes with knowing what lies in the direction I'm headed. But, as happens in life, change is inevitable.

My coworker shared with me a metaphor passed down from her father. We've all heard that when one door closes, another door opens. But his wisdom takes the metaphor one step further to acknowledge that the hallway between those doors really sucks. I find that to be amply appropriate when I think of the anxiety that exists in a middle school hallway.

If I'm about to head into another hallway in life, I pray I will not have to dewll there long. I hope, instead, that I will find the newly opened door quickly and fully embrace what it has to offer. And I hope what it offers is even better than what I've already experienced.


  1. Well I hope that your time in the hallway (personally and professionally) is short lived and full of life lessons and joy, Erin!

  2. you'll have to go in detail when we meet up!