Doors of Opportunity

The Conversation: Doors of Opportunity

There are no “right” or “wrong” doors – there are just the ones you choose to knock on and walk in through.

When I first met the Yoga Lab crew, I quite literally stumbled through the wrong door to the new location in Miami. When I say “wrong,” I don’t mean that esoterically. Rather, I just somehow missed the double doors that take you through the lobby entrance and ended up walking straight into the yoga studio, where I interrupted the team in the middle of a meeting they were hosting. Talk about a great first impression!

This was two weeks after receiving a big fat “no” from a different opportunity - I was crushed by the rejection. But as the saying goes, one door closes and another opens, right? We often use this line to comfort someone or ourselves, reassuring that “fate” is working its magic. That if we just trust, something new, something better, something “meant to be” will unveil itself to us.

While that may or may not be the case, the reality is no one is going to hold the “right” door open for you, dust off the welcome mat and usher you in. No one is going to grab you by the shoulders and push you exactly where you need to be. And there definitely won’t be a gameshow host revealing your grand prize as soon as you do make a selection.

It’s on us to knock on a few different doors in order to find what we’re looking for, rather than expect someone else to flag us down and wave that we come in. It’s on us to not give up and believe in ourselves when we get one (or five) doors slammed in our faces, again and again. It’s on us to take a few steps inside and explore what’s beyond each door. And if we discover what’s behind a door wasn’t what we thought it’d be, it’s also on us to walk right back through where we came from, see ourselves out and close it shut.

So why dwell on making the decision of which door you should walk through? Why be so concerned with making the “right” choice when you don’t even know what it’s going to feel like? There is only one way to find out what’s on the other side.

Who knows, what you consider to be the “wrong” door might just end up leading you to meet your new family.

Nicole Villegas