Many of you asked how I met each person I have interviewed for Another Door Opens, so this How We Met series is an answer to how I met the first 10 generous Another Door Opens people. Thank you for reading. Here is today’s short story.
One gray weekend, I decided to stop thinking about it and do it.
The idea for this Another Door Opens project had been in my mind for a long time, and finally something needed to change.
If you never do, you’ll never know.
The worst that could happen is you don’t try.
The second worst that could happen is no one will talk with you.
So what if you’re not the best writer on the planet.
So what if you’re not the best photographer on the planet.
So what if you’re not the best storyteller on the planet.
Imperfections and vulnerability don’t make your efforts less worthwhile.
It would be an experiment as short or as long as I chose to make it.
But I believed and still do in the core reason for doing this. Everyone has a story. Everyone wants to be heard. And we benefit by sharing our stories.
With new resolve, I immediately started looking for opportunities.
I stopped for lunch at a little spot called Disco Taco, and although I didn’t know it at the time, I walked through my first door without any bright lights or flashing signs.
I think it was Agnes de Mille who said, “No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made.”
As I talked with David Medina at the restaurant, and as I watched him interact with other customers, a voice inside said, ask him… start here.
The busy restaurant cleared out quickly, and before I’d finished my lunch, the place was empty.
“Can I run something by you?” I asked.
“Sure!” he said enthusiastically.
It was my first time to say what I was doing.
I explained the project in very short form, then asked David if he’d be willing to have me come back the next day to do an interview and take a few pictures.
“Yes! Why not?”
The first door opened!
Thank you, David. Thank you.