Our friends are here to help us out when we’re down. Our mentors, on the other hand, are here to help teach us, and we learn from them. Of course, I am looking at this from two different ways. I am looking at physical mentors who can help you towards your goals as well as fictional mentors who you idolize and who you want to emulate.
I have a couple mentors in mind to talk about today. The first is a very real one in terms of my writing and just every day life, my roommate. My roommate is a very talented writers who continues to tell new stories on a daily basis. Some of them, I am apart because of the fact we game together, while others he works on solo. He also is someone who knows patience far better than I. These are both traits and characteristics that I search for in a mentor. I search for someone I could strive to emulate. That’s not to say that my roommate or any of the mentors listed are perfect, but they each help me on my path.
My first fictional mentor is the Golden Age Wonder Woman. She’s one of the most caring, compassionate, and just good heroes that I look up to. I have her picture from Infinite Crisis currently sitting up on my wall. It rests over my head nightly as I sleep and she is generally the last thing I look at when I’m heading out during the day. There is just something about the maternal nature, the way she helped Steve, and the way she constantly protects people both as a nurse and as Wonder Woman that I find endearing. Taking it one step forward, she’s also a vegetarian. She is a technical pacifist, and she’s an LGBTQA+ icon. It makes me quite the mentor to teach me how to to be a hero.
I was going to list both Joel and Charmaine as mentors. Both of them have good heads for money. They both have loving long-term relationships as well as are great editors. Both push my writing to be better, which I can’t help but love and appreciate. The reason why I say ‘was’ is because each of my core friends offer a mentor ship as well as their support. Kathryn is so smart, while Andy is incredibly resilient. Rich is honestly just a terrifically good person and I wish to follow a bit in each o their footsteps to better myself. I don’t want to be them, but I want to learn from them.
There is a couple quotes I wanted to end this with some quotes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Both of them talk about mentors.
“The greatest teacher, failure is.”
“We are what they grow beyond.”
The first quote is the past. Everything that I’ve failed at and will fail at are things that will teach me. They will make me better if I choose to learn from them and not bask in the failure as if it were glory. This will make me stronger than before. Failure is a good thing, it means you’re trying.
The second quote is good to know looking into the future. You will make your own destiny from the footsteps of your mentor. You will eventually step out from behind with them and walk forward first beside them, then beyond them. I hope to walk beyond my mentors above both fictional and those in real life. It’s part of the pleasure of teaching, watching your students grow up. I just hope to make my mentors proud.