When I was around 24, I met a young man who played blues guitar. I really liked the way he played and my dream was to ask him if he’d play songs with me. Soon after, I found out he liked Tori Amos so I grew emboldened to ask him. Would he say yes?
My journey with this man has been musical, mystical, ridiculously fun and full of adventure, but I never could’ve dreamed this big for myself. I just couldn’t have conceived of it.
Looking back, what unfolded next still amazes me. This woman wanted to write songs more regularly (she was relatively new to it) and increase her confidence in writing and performing. In the end, she not only wrote a beautiful batch of songs, but she liked them so much she decided to record an EP with me producing, and then she auditioned and submitted her EP to Berklee College of Music where she was accepted and now is a full-time student!
Have you ever had a doorway dream that led somewhere wildly amazing? If so, please feel free to share it below (We all love a good story!)
Or, likewise, is there a doorway open now that is calling to you (& you could walk through) even though you don’t know exactly where it leads?
Tell us that too if you’re willing!
Sometimes we want to know the outcome in advance.
How could I have conceived of my empathic daughter Cecilia all those years ago? How could I possibly have predicted bold baby Helen?
I simply wanted this blues guitar boy to play a gig with me at Starbucks 😉
I was thinking small, but that’s okay, because that gig at Starbucks was the doorway to everything…
Jamie Barrh says
In 1991, the company I worked for in NYC was bought by a Swedish company. I loved travel and fantasized about living abroad.
Even before the opportunity was formed, the universe was speaking to me. I was asked to take in more and more things that pulled me towards fulfillment if my fantasy. As my role evolved, I became Director of the International Exchange Program, overseeing the ling and short-term visits of Swedes to our office. The effort was a success and I was invited to relocate to Stockholm for a year.
I often refer to it with this analogy – you’re going down a dark oath in a forest, not clear on your direction. At the same time, there are neon arrows overhead that say “Go this way”, reinforcing that you’re on the right track.
My year long adventure was a joy, lifting me above the turmoil the company was experiencing in New York. I miss Stockholm, but still have friends there from that time. My advice us to heed the messages the universe provides.
I love this! Thank you Jamie!!
My life has been overwhelming with a hallway full of doors and not knowing which one to open-and getting stuck in the hallway looking for the fire exit. But I really appreciate this story in so many levels even as I grieve for the doors that have remained unopened or locked.
Anne Heaton says
Maya, thank you for leaving this comment and for your honesty. Thank you for mentioning grief too. I can relate to the idea of getting stuck in the hallway and I hope any doors you want to walk through, you will. I appreciate you.
Sara Rice says
I’m hearing a lot of “no” right now, which to me means time for a new dream(s). Trying to be open-minded, but not sure where to head. One thing is for sure, writing and listening to music heals and soothes me.