The Law of the Jungle: Little Bear Learns from Big Bear

All of us, if we admit it or not, seek a mentor. Someone to show us the ropes in life. Whether that be how to throw a baseball, how to fish, or how to make a pizza. Someone to show us and give us advice in how to live. How to be a man or a woman. This is why we’re attracted to certain people who are older than us, who we look up to. Life, is so easy to get lost in, and we want/need help living it. Even us who like to do things on their own, like me, still have thoughs whom we look up to, and even ask for help when we need it.

We all thirst for a mentor, which is why we should establish relationships with them. Make if official, ask the one(s) whom we admire if he or she will mentor us. For the mentor shouldn’t press himself upon an individual, for the student, the mentee will only learn if he or she chooses to learn. Just like in school, a teacher can give out facts about Abraham Lincoln being the 16th president, about the circumference of a circle = π × diameter = 2 × π × radius, and that water is formed by 1 hydrogen atom and 2 oxygen atoms (H2O); however, the student is the one who makes the conscious decision to absorb these facts, or to ignore them. It is up to the student. Additionally, in a true mentorship, learning is not just one way, for the mentor will learn just as much if not more from the mentee.

At the same time, we must be careful whom we chose to admire and be mentored by. For the one who we admire, is the one who we become like. And mentors (for each of us should be both a mentee and a mentor), mentors, be careful what you are teaching. Not just verbally, but by you’re actions. For you never know who is watching and being mentored by both what you say and what you do. For it is very well possible you are a mentor now by the unknown eyes watching and learning from you.

Lastly, let us not forget to remember to thank our mentors. Tell them how much we are grateful for them and cherish what they’ve taught us. And mentors, let us not forget to remember to thank our mentees, and express to them how much we care for them, love them, and want them to succeed.

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