When I was at my most vulnerable self, I thought to protect myself from further breaking, I should build walls. I did and it helped me isolate myself from negative energies and anything that may harm me. It protected me. I was surrounded by walls that I kept too high. I ignored negativity, distractions and spent more time with myself. I became emotionally matured. I learned how to ignore, to reject, to say No, to distance myself from toxic people.

But in a long run building walls around me will deprive me of exploring the world and its people. It will make me stagnant. It will isolate me from growth and opportunities. It will deprive me of knowing myself, enhancing my skills and talents. Because to grow is to walk through doors, to get out of our comfort zones, to get involved with others, to explore their culture and to learn from their stories and experiences. Growth isn’t just about ourselves but also about how we are when we are with others. To grow is how we can bring impact in other people’s life and how we can learn from them too.

I built walls around me but I forgot that I need doors too. Basically, doors are everywhere. It is in our hands to lock and turn those into walls or to let those be doors. Turn doors into walls to protect you from negativity, distractions, and harm but when it comes to opportunities and growth let doors be doors. When opportunity and growth knock on your door, unlock it and walk through it.


Najmah is a Filipino Muslim, Clinical Nutritionist and Med student. Roots in Marawi. Born and raised in Jeddah. Studying in Manila. By Najmah contains posts about her life lessons, personal excellence and journey to becoming a doctor. Check more of her works on Hijabi Mag

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