Are My Hinges Rusting Shut?

From a book I read a while back, this is a paragraph that struck me. I wrote it down immediately and it continues to remind me about keeping the hinges well lubricated.

“I’m not nearly afraid of dying as I am of the hinges inside my mind and soul rusting closed. I am desperate to keep them open, because I think that if they close, that’s one’s first death, the loss of hope, curiosity, and possibility, the spiritual death. After that, it seems, the second one is just a formality.”

John Katz, Running To The Mountain