It’s common in a lot of movies for the main character to have some sort of older mentor or wise voice to give them advice when they need it the most. They usually have a lot more life experience and are smart about what to do and how to act in different situations. I had always wished that I had someone like that in my life. The other day, I realized that I did.
I met her last summer when I started working with the engineering company that I am still with today. She was showing me how to work a software that I would soon use almost every day of work. We somehow got off topic and started to talk about ourselves.
That day, I learned that she is very passionate about art and photography. That was the day that I also knew we were going to get along great. She is a person with a crazy creative mind, and I’ve always loved having conversations with people like her.
Anyways, the more I worked with her, the more we got off topic and got to know each other a little better. When school started, I had to continue working at another one of my company’s offices, so we didn’t see each other for the longest time.
Now, I’m back to the location where I started and I sit right next to her. We talk more about our values and opinions. We still learn about each other, but we’ve just been talking about anything and everything for so long, that we ended up getting closer by talking about deeper subjects.
It seems like most of her values align with mine, which makes it a lot easier to connect with her. The funny thing is that when I come into work in a bad mood, we end up talking about something similar to whatever is bothering me. When that happens, she ends up telling me what she has learned through her life experiences dealing with that situation, which kind of turns into advice. But I never bring up what I’m upset about, it feels like she reads my mind and just knows what to say all the time.
She doesn’t know this, but that’s why I feel like she’s my older mentor, the woman that gives me advice when I need it the most. She doesn’t know how much I appreciate what she says every day, how much she helps me when I’m upset about something.
A lot of people might have that person in their lives right now, but they don’t even realize it. They might take it for granted or choose not to listen. If you don’t know anyone like that, trust me, you will. And when you get older, you might someday be that person.
Life is a journey. I’m sure you’ve all heard that one before. You’re going to have downfalls and you’re going to have successes. But in the end, you’ll be right where you want to be.
There will have been people who have helped along the way, but for the most part, you create your own story, your own experiences. Those experiences turn into lessons, and those lessons might someday change someone’s life.
I could not find a good quote or picture to go with this post, but I really don’t think that either is necessary.
I was scrolling through Facebook the other day when I came across something that I will never forget:
“Right now you might be in a situation that you think you won’t survive but six months ago you were in a situation that you didn’t think you’d survive and two years before that you were in a situation you didn’t think you’d survive and the point is you will always surprise yourself and you will always make it through.”
Obstacles are temporary. You get through them. They’ll soon be forgotten. But the journey? That is something that you will always remember and soon pass on to others that need it in the same way that you did.