You come upon glass double doors. They seem inviting enough and you enter. To your left, a staircase that takes you back where you came from. To your right, a long hallway. It seems to be the proper direction. It looks appealing, accommodating, safe. It’s where you want to be. So, you turn right.
Not long down the hallway your first choice arrives. Heading straight takes you back outside, but you aren’t ready for that yet. Through the glass windows you can see the world and watch it change, but it’s not your time to jump into the fray. You veer slightly to the left and continue down the hall.
This means you’re committed now. The path is long, but you barely notice as door after door pass you by. You’re sucked in. You keep your head up, focused on where the hallway ends. It all feels right; the decision to follow the path has an ease to it, as if you’ve been here before.
Finally you see what appears to be the end of the hallway. There are far less people around you than before, and many are exiting here. But as you get closer, you discover that this is merely a false ending; another short dogleg in the journey that just added another chapter.
The new part of the hallway is different in some ways, but it still carries the qualities that led you to take the right turn in the first place. New is good, especially when it’s tempered with similarities. The hall takes a little dip down, then works its way up a slope. It ends, this time for real, at an apex.
Sure, you can stay at the end of the hallway. There’s plenty to do. It’s familiar and pleasant. But those double doors to the outside look so much more inviting than they did when you had the option to leave before. In an instant you’ve decided, and a journey rife with false endings, slight changes and an unexpected length begins to close around you.
Deep breath. Open the door. Leave the hallway. It’s time.
Today is my last day as multimedia content specialist at Ithaca College. On Saturday, I will move to New York City. On Monday, I begin my new position as community manager at Huge, Inc. Exit one door, enter another. It’s been an absolute pleasure, and I can’t wait for what’s next.