What is that old saying? I can just hear Julia Andrews in The Sound of Music - when God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window. So often I find myself stumped, considering the future, laying out all of the possibilities before me. It is always so hard to decide when there is so much unknown, so much at risk. So often I find myself pleading internally for the door to just open that I don't think, or can't bring myself, to knock. Knock and maybe someone will tell you the answer, solve all your problems.
I guess that would be the ideal situation... but in my experience they tend to just open more windows, adding to the array of possibilities already spread out before me, none of them markedly any better from those already there. And at this point in time, having just finished my studies (for a while), I already have so many options before me... along with an apparent lack of decisiveness... All I need is one door to open. Maybe I should just relax, take a break from life, right?
Taking these photos, of course, I was not thinking so philosophically. In the street in Trinidad, Cuba, I was more worried about standing on the road, in full blast of the sun's rays, and looking like a fool while I waited. This fear of standing out, of drawing attention to myself, is deeply tied to my desperate want to avoid attracting the jineteros for which Cuba is also sadly famous. I had already attracted them in Trinidad, being pounced on as soon as I arrived and followed around town for a while. I waited slightly ill at ease, and after a moment the door to open for the lady, allowing her to enter with her groceries. A door opened for her, why wouldn't one open for me too?