This I Believe

Danielle - Savoy, Illinois
Entered on May 1, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
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I believe that saying thank you once isn’t enough. My mentor deserves more than that. Day in and day out she has been by my side. It wasn’t something that depended on the day. It was consistent. There was always an extended hand to help me up, a hug to comfort me, or a shoulder to cry on. She has stuck by my side on countless occasions. When my dad was diagnosed with diabetes she was there. When my brother was told he was an epileptic she was there. And when my mother had to undergo a serious operation she was there. Bottom line my mentor was always there when I needed her. So how is saying thank you once enough?

It isn’t. Although my mentor has stuck by my side, the side of me is not where she resides. She also stands behind me. Because of this I no longer tackle a task with weariness, instead I tackle it with confidence. I no longer question myself I question the situation. I know if I didn’t she would tell me “D you were the one that got yourself here, you are the one that deserves this opportunity, and you will be the only person that holds yourself back from it.”

There are times where I need someone to lead me. In those times my mentor walks in front of me. She is the type of person I want to be. She exudes confidence without being cocky. She puts forth her knowledge without being a know-it-all. And she some how manages to act like a kid without being immature.

I know at one point, and maybe some time soon, we will part. But we will only part in the physical sense. I know in my heart that I will still have her hand to help me up, her hug to comfort me, and her shoulder to cry on. It is all this that makes me believe that saying thank you once isn’t enough. Because I thank her for the lessons, I thank her for the memories. I thank her for the confidence. And I thank her for being in my life.