There were countless reasons for her not to step over the threshold. She had been born into this home, and her love for it was one of her oldest, and greatest, memories.
She had been brought to life in this home. She had been close to her family and had created friends in it. She had found love in this house and had seen love go away.
She was familiar with all of its rooms, its hidden corners, the scariest part of its dark, cold basement. She had been to its highest turret, and had crawled up to the highest point of its roof to see the vast sky unobstructed.
During all her days and all her nights, she had dwelt inside this home. She living in this house had been her truest definition of herself. This house was all she had known.
Yet she stood at its threshold now, looking away from it. The house had not changed and the people in it remained. Her room in the house was still reserved for her, and it still brought her comfort. She still liked the ways of the house, the way the floors creaked and the way the windows let in the midnight moon.
There were countless reasons for her to close the door and stay. There were countless reasons and her entire life so far.
But here she was at the doorway looking out. This behind her had been her world, but this before her was the world.
She could stay inside and be safe and keep living her life in the way she loved. She could stay with her family and her friends, stay in familiarity and in warmth. She could stay and be well.
There were countless reasons to stay, but now here was one reason to leave:
What if all the world out there would love her more than she loved this home?
In response to The Daily Post’s prompt Countless.