Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Portals to New Dimensions

The world is full of portals. It's just that you don't see them if you're not looking. They're the doors no one opens, the stairs no one follows. They're the graffiti no one reads. The hidden cave. The crawl space. The ledge halfway up the cliff. It's the Ethiopian deli with darkened windows, the sewer, the electrical panel, the thicket of bushes just off the path. It's the stranger you look in the eye.
Any of those places can take you on an adventure. They can take you to danger, to wonder. They can lead you to discover parts of yourself you've never known. But you have to look and then you have to really see, and then you have to make the effort. Not just stick your head in, but crawl through, part the branches, get a ladder.
And when you feel that shiver, don't turn back. That is the feeling of being alive.
You can exist on the surface of the world or you can go inside of things, and in the places hidden right in front of your face, you will find the best part of you: the part that still plays, still questions, still explores.
That part is an adventurer. Not just another zombie on the sidewalk, but someone who is alive and open and a little bit nervous, but also curious, because anything, absolutely anything, could happen next.