Why Do I Need a Mentor?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Because I said so! If that isn't good enough then continue to read but really, that should be all I have to say.

Growing up and being in situations where I was around adults more than I was around children my own age was, at times, a little frustrating. Now I sit here at 21, knowing that without their presence and the guidance that I was given, I would not be the woman I am today.

With this new generation of young adults, there are a lot of challenges and hurdles that they have to be guided on in terms of overcoming certain obstacles. There are a lot of problems all over the world today that were problems years ago, or that were similar problems years ago. The scary part is, there are a lot of kids in the new generation (my generation and young ones) that either seem oblivious, or too scared to problem solve and figure out to overcome.

I look at people that I grew up with or went to school with and unfortunately, a majority of them seem completely unmotivated and un-phased by what is happening in the world around them. I have compassion for people who are having a hard time finding their way (considering I was/am one of them) but I say the best way to do that is to find a mentor.

A mentor can be anyone. Whether it is someone in a field that you are interested in, an old teacher, a friend, a parent, or a sibling. I firmly believe that every child and young adult needs that special person in their life that they can trust. Someone who you can turn to for advice on absolutely anything, and someone who can help you achieve your life goals. Your parents will always support you, but you are less likely to listen to them when it comes to the hard stuff. Your mentor will be able to tell you things and help you make decisions that you probably wouldn't even bring up around your parents.

Having the comfort in your life of someone who is on your side and can give you guidance on your path to becoming successful and the best person that you can be, makes all the difference in a child's life. I have many people in my life who I consider my mentors. People that I look up to and admire. People who have always been there for me. People who want the best for me. People that I know I can turn to no matter what the situation may be. Mentors.

"My chief want in life is someone who shall make me do what I can." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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