When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one, which has been opened for us.
– Helen Keller
The fun part about this particular quote is that while it it optimistic, it doesn’t quite prepare you for what exactly it means for a door to close. Sometimes, the closing of that door is an expected event, one that you were able to anticipate and prepare for, other times it was completely unexpected.
For my most recent experience with said closing of a door, it was completely unexpected. I was brought into a meeting where I was informed that my position had been terminated and I was being let go. In short, I had been laid off.
I’ll admit, it was a sucker punch and I was ready to throw punches at anything. After I calmed down and learned some facts, I can say that while I’m dismayed at the ultimate decision makers and feel regret that I’m being forced to leave my former team in such a hard place, I’m looking forward to whatever is next me for and grateful to that team for teaching me all of the tools I have at my disposal.
Whatever door that is opened will have it’s own challenges, but I’m excited to face those challenges and learn whatever I can from them.