Doors, pathways into our innermost spaces

Doors. One in your bedroom, two in your house, three in a hall, and four in a car.

Doors are practically everywhere, and the world would just not be the same without them.

Just imagine, you’re sitting at a desk, supposed to be studying or working, procrastinating … and your parents/boss burst into the room.

If there was a door to your room, you would have a split second to switch tabs to your study/work material. Safe.

However, if there were no doors, say if the door was open, you would probably scream in shock, and then proceed to get reprimanded for the next…foreseeable future, perhaps?

Doors play an important role in our lives. Not only do they serve as a physical boundary, but they also help to paint a more vivid picture in one’s mind of security.

Doors make you feel secure, the way walls do. If you were in a room with no doors, no walls at all, and you could see everything and everyone around you, wouldn’t that put you off?

Apart from that, doors in the mental context also signify the end and the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. Multiple aspects of life cannot start before something else stops.

For example, relationships. Opening many doors at once when you are devoted to an individual will not be beneficial. It might taint your reputation, or do you more harm than good.

I once knew of someone who was dating two people at once. Just like any other friend, I tried to warn them of the repercussions and advised them to rethink their actions and decisions.

Let’s just say that things did not end well, solely because they were greedy, allowing more than one love into their lives. It’s not healthy, it really isn’t, to be a player and to hurt others unduly.

When we open doors, it could also mean the expression of oneself. Opening the doors to your emotions could release pent-up feelings that you had been hiding.

Of course, this is extremely valuable, as having too much bottled up inside may cause mental health issues. Unfavourable and not worth the time and energy, huh?

Sometimes, doors differ from each other. For example, in the regular arrangement of your everyday door, you have a hinge, a handle, the door frame, and the door itself.

Well, other doors may be automatic, revolving, or like a sports car’s doors.

These doors may be built, or function differently, but it’s this that gives it colour, in the door sense, to our lives. If the world only had classic doors like this one over here, not only would we be considered primitive, but there would not be any diversity.

Doors may also be made of different materials, such as wood, metal, glass, and even paper. Of course, they vary in durability and strength, the obvious winner being metal doors.

Nonetheless, this can also be interpreted as a display of one’s mental resilience.

If one’s mind is like a metal door, they are more likely to be cold but strong, and not gullible. A person with a mind like glass could be seen as emotionally fragile, implying that they are unstable and could shatter at any time.

You may be wondering, why on Earth am I even using doors to describe mental states?

It’s because doors are really important in our lives.

Think about a world without doors. Things just wouldn’t be the same anymore. There won’t ever be a physical or mental boundary that we can openly visualise.

Going into rooms will merely be just walking from one space to another, the whole place is completely open. It’s unnerving, isn’t it?

So, the next time you decide to be a nice person and hold the door for somebody else, think about what you are doing: allowing somebody else to enter the same boundary as you.

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