Throughout your life, you have had mentors. Some better than others. If you are lucky you will have these mentors for a long time.
I always thought that once I was old enough and learned enough then I would be the mentor. I believe I have been a mentor for a few. And proud to be so.
What I didn’t expect was that I would have mentors in my late ’60s. I actually have had several since I moved to where I hope to reside in my retirement years.
I met Fran while I was still at work. Since I worked for the University of British Columbia (UBC) I qualified for free classes. I rarely had time for classes but there was this one called ‘Get started writing your novel’.
I felt that this was the time to start. I had always had an idea for a murder mystery and would practice my scenes while I would do my running. Never having written anything, I didn’t know what I didn’t know, so off I went.
I met Fran at this class. She had written her whole life and had degrees in zoology and in Librarian Sciences. We got into a group together supporting one another while writing our stories.
Fran loves magical fantasy and science fiction. I would rather a fork in my eye than read that style. Give me a good murder mystery with blood and guts and I am happy.
When I took that class, Fran was 73 years old. Now she is 82 years old. Still as smart and vibrant as ever. She has taught me so much about writing but is also a good friend. We share a birthday two days apart and have found we can share a hotel room without concerns at writing conferences.
When we started to meet it was once a month. We increased it to every two weeks and now we meet weekly on Messenger on line. She had to explain it to me. She recently sold some short stories to a magazine. There are no flies on this lady.
We have lots of fun and hopefully will continue for some time.
This is another woman that has been a mentor for me. I like to see a woman that gets on with what she wants to do. As a quilter of note, she was the featured artist in one of the quilt shows last year.
She paints and gardens. Her back yard is stunning and she does it all herself. Three years ago she bought a single-family house with a large backyard into a new neighborhood.
She has been to our home for dinner a few times. Her two female pugs are always invited along with her. Their names are Honey and Trouble.
She told us once that while she has always had pugs her whole life she hesitated before getting these two girls. She wondered if the girls would outlive her! She takes them for two shorter walks and one long one each day.
It was a good thing that we were sitting down because we thought she was close to our age. She was 80 years old and she looked great.
Both women don’t think they are doing anything special. If they want to do something they do it. A class interests them they take it. They keep up to date on politics, latest news, and love to laugh and have a good time.
Their lives aren’t without concerns but so what, everyone has something they have to deal with. They have taught me a great deal about how I want to live my life in retirement.
Mentors are all around us. We have to open our eyes to see them. They have a lot to teach us. They show us that you can live life on your terms and have a good time while you’re at it.