Friday, September 9, 2016


veryone needs a mentor or two, or three, or four… It does not matter your age, sex, sexual preference, race, color, creed, or religious preference! Everyone needs a mentor at some point in your life. Often, if you think about it; at every stage in life, you need one, whether you have one or not; you cannot make it purely on your own volition. A mentor is one who has been where you are trying to go and knows the best route to take; one who is willing to take the time and teach or instruct you in the right direction. Usually parents are the best mentors for their children, if they are fairly solid and have the respect of their children.

I was talking to a friend of mine, who is turning 65 this year and will soon be eligible for Medicare and open enrollment for “Any” supplemental insurance she would like. As we talked about her future insurance plans, she was debating whether or not to pick-up a supplemental policy, at this time. I strongly encouraged her to not even think about, “not” getting one. It was mandatory! Well, as far as I was concerned.

I explained to her that she only has this “one” opportunity to get that extra help, without any medical discrimination. It does not matter how sick you are, I explained, the insurance company is not even allowed to “ask” you about your past medical history. However, if you miss this golden opportunity, you may regret it the rest of your life, for you may be unable to ever get a supplemental policy, should you encounter some major medical incident in your life, after this “open window” of opportunity has passed.

She listened intently, as I proceeded. “I only wish that I had, had someone to emphasize to me the great importance of getting supplemental insurance, during the year that I was eligible. I wouldn’t have all of the medical bills that I have presently incurred.” She listened and signed up. “I wish that I had, had a mentor to help me transition to this stage in my life”, I lamented.

After the conversation, I began to think about the mentors in my life, and I concluded that the one, which is the MOST outstanding, is the mentorship of my eldest daughter, Euniece at Now, you’re probably saying, “I thought parents were supposed to be the mentors?” They are when you’re talking about simple life skills, or things you know about; but sometimes a child can teach a parent far more than many parents are willing to learn; especially when it comes to technology and maneuvering on the Internet and interfacing on social media. Had it not been for Euniece, this blog would be just an undeveloped thought.

Now, do not blame her for my content; it is strictly my own. However, you can send up a “thank you” prayer, on her account, if you are ever blessed by reading this blog. And so you have it! One of the greatest life lessons one can learn. Never think you know it all; or that you cannot learn from someone younger; or that you are a “self-made” person or any of that nonsense. Everyone has been mentored at some point in time, even if it was by a pseudo-mentor. Now what do I mean by a pseudo-mentor? One who is not really in your life, but one whose style or methodology you’ve copied by reading about, watching, or merely hearing about. A pattern was set before you and all you did was follow, with some tweaking along the way.  Therefore, we all need to be humble and grateful for those who have gone before.


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