- A mentor about the same age as you
- A mentor two to four years older than you
- A mentor much more senior than you
What I know for sure is that all of the best mentors in my life have shown up unexpectedly. They each came into my life at the perfect time. In the beginning I was never aware of how badly I needed these dear guardians to show me my way. Now I understand what a gift their presence in my life has been.
Some of my mentors have shown up as old friends, people with whom I share common interests, similar pathways, and a bit of history. These mentors validate my experience, they provide me with friendship, understanding, and compassion. They tell me I am not alone on my journey. Most importantly they remind me of who I have been in the past and who I am today.
Others walk a few steps in front of me. They are the ones who say “I’ve been there, and I’ve lived to tell about it”. As they blaze new trails in hot pursuit of their passions, they lead me into blazing new pathways of my own. They understand my plight, my responsibility, and my fear, and they promise me I will make it to the other side of the rainbow. Most days I believe them.
And then there are a very special few who have become my most sacred and cherished guardians. These magical people have the power to accompany me each day, in mind, body, and spirit as I navigate myself through the world. These mentors have reached my core and have validated all that they see as being a part of me.
These mentors have rocked my world. They have given me special access, gotten me into top secret circles, and proven the impossible, possible. They have introduced, networked, and broke all the rules. Most inspiring of all they have risked, they have followed the white rabbit down the proverbial hole… twice. My greatest teachers. My allies. My Elders. My wise counsel. Each day they show me courage, love, kindness, and the stillness of patience.
- Lindy Garneau, The Professor’s Apprentice
Who are your best mentors?