To Those Who Give Good Guidance

I am currently reading a book. Not just any book, but one of those take-your-breath-away type of books, words on a page which make me reflect upon my life. It's called Tuesdays with Morrie and I am hardly a fifth of the way through but already adore it. It is written with a simple tenderness, detailing a young man's life lessons from his dying professor.

When I am in love with a book, I literally don't put it down. Today I found myself walking through campus, nose buried in the story that I was avidly consuming until I virtually walked into an old professor of mine. I hadn't seen her since leaving for Ghana, and the delight on both of our faces as we quickly caught up filled me with joy.

As I walked away, about to dive back into my book, a thought struck me. In January I took a class with this woman, a fantastic and intensive three week endeavour in which I learned a great deal about gender politics in India, during which we took an amazing but emotionally taxing trip to the country itself. During this week a family member died, an event which, whilst not unexpected, was still incredibly traumatic. Upon hearing this the professor, a woman I had only known for two weeks, showed me a great deal of kindness and guidance at an incredibly difficult time. I am still immensely grateful for that, her gestures meant the world to me and made a significant difference to my ability to cope with all that was going on.

Going to school thousands of miles away from home has not been easy, but starting senior year has shown me how far I have come. I feel incredibly at home here, and increasingly confident in my abilities, but most of that didn't come from me. A great deal of my development was because I was supported and given the space to grow by some incredible people, this professor just being one of them. My boss over the summer is another, a woman crucial to my professional and personal growth. 
In fact, midway through writing this post, my best friend and beloved sat me down and gave me some advice that, if we're going to be completely honest, I didn't like. But you know what? She was right to do it. It wasn't what I wanted to hear, but it was what I needed. That kind of guidance is also invaluable, and she's right there beside me dishing it out everyday. 

I could write multiple books on what the badass woman just mentioned has taught me, just as I could write reams about what my beautiful Mumma has passed along across the years (I'm feeling particularly sentimental about her this week because it was her birthday on Thursday, happy birthday Mumma bear!). Instead of diving deep into those, though, I'm going to ask you to reflect on who may be in your life, guiding you along. Whether it's for a moment, a week, or your entire life, I'm willing to bet that there are some pretty wonderful people steering your ship towards success. So why not take a moment to tell them what they mean to you?  

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