I grew up thinking that a teacher or a coach was just someone who was there. It wasn't until I was learning from you that I knew that they were meant to be so much more. They were meant to make me enjoy my time with them. The mentors that don't respect you are the ones that make you regret ever learning the things that they are teaching but the ones that really matters are the ones that make you fall in love with it. You made me love what I do again.

There are these amazing people who are placed in my life at just the right times. It can be intentionally, or completely by accident. No matter how they entered my life, I know they’ll forever leave a footprint on your life. This is a letter to the person who has impacted my life, and helped me grow into the man, more importantly, the writer I am today.

You were all these things. You made me love everything I do now. You were the mentor that showed me that it was okay to be a little personal. You helped me through so much more than what you taught me and continue to today. I can still hear the little important life lessons you taught me. They are always there like a second conscious. Not only were you my mentor but you were my friend, a person I knew I could go to for anything.

I couldn't think of a better way of showing my gratitude other than saying 30 thank you's 30 times in 30 ways.

Thank you for challenging me always to dig a little deeper, even if it hurts real bad.

Thank you for always being a listening ear, no matter how long I rant and how bad I vent.

Thank you for being a smiling face, even on my darkest days when sun rays shy away from my nook.

Thank you for your heart of gold. Heck! Your heart beats gold in preciousness. 

Thank you for the numerous conversations about God, Society, Writing, Love, Sex, Biafra, Self worth, Mentorship, Money and all.

Thank you for your selfless heart that puts others before yourself.

Thank you for wiping my tears of sadness and placing hearty smiles on my gloomy heart.

Thank you for sharing your family with me. Tell Ralindu I love her because daddy loves me.

Thank you for your honest words, even when it’s the opposite of what I wanted to hear (but exactly what I needed to hear). They did hurt but they cast the right light on my shadows.

Thank you for encouraging me to always take care of myself mentally, physically, spiritually, financially and emotionally.

Thank you for your kindness and teaching me to be kind to others; especially to those who don’t seem “worthy” of it. 

Thank you for sending the wind that exposed butt holes of the fake ones hovering over my nook of kindness.

Thank you for pushing me to excel in my writing.

Thank you for your love, when I’ve felt the lowest. Knowing I was loved made all the difference in the world.

Thank you for replying my chats about anything and everything, even the weirdest and nastiest of them.

Thank you for sharing the reward sent some months ago. One I never shall forget.

Thank you for reminding me about living a simple, less materialistic life; and finding what truly is important to me.

Thank you for unearthing the dreams I buried long ago in the muddy waters of negligence and fear of uncertainties.

Thank you for allowing me to listen to your joys and troubles in life. I love hearing the latest and greatest about your days.

Thank you for sharing your ideas with me, and creating dreams never imagined in my boy mind.

Thank you for continuing to fuel my reading passion and pushing me into grabbing a read on subjects I dread.

Thank you for massaging my pen to full erection when I was on the verge of castration.

Thank you for modeling for me what it means to be a strong man who sticks to her morals and keeps the other gender on the edges of thier seats.

Thank you for proving to me that it’s okay to cry, to sulk, to be upset about something, as long as I don’t take it out on someone else.

Thank you for accepting my weird quirks and still wanting to be my mentor.

Thank you for the infinite amount of life talks we’ve shared (I’m sure I owe you a substantial amount of money for all the free sessions you’ve given me).

Thank you for teaching me to keep an open mind, even when I want to resort to my close-minded ways.

Thank you for keeping me up to date on the important events that occur in your life (it is a two-way friendship after all). What better mentor could I ask for?

Thank you for showing me that the best of me is yet to manifest.

Thank you for being a role model to me, and the distant father I never had.

Thank you for making me a stronger believer, and guiding me into a more foundational relationship with Him (I will forever be thankful for this one).

But most importantly, I just want to thank you for making yourself available in a time of need. When I needed an outlet and guidance from someone wiser, you were there.

I’m sure there’s more I could thank you for, because you truly have had one of the biggest impacts on my life. I can honestly say that without your guidance and support over the few months, I would not be the confident man I am today. 

Your kindness and friendship will forever be ingrained in my heart. I thank the Lord that He had a plan to bring you into my life. I appreciate you more than you’ll ever know. 

Thank you for being the mentor I wanted, but thank you for becoming the dear friend I never knew I needed.

#Pengician #SSA