Running is a great leveler. We are stripped down to our takkies and running shorts and we are all equal. We start at the start line of a race and we are all one. Even after the gun goes off we are equal. And so it goes. Yes one person wins and others follow. In reality though there is always somebody who is faster (and by definition slower) than us. The title of winner is very fleeting. And in this realisation we are all equal. In this equality we have the opportunity to support.
I look up to those faster than me and support those behind me. Knowing full well that tomorrow the roles can be very different.
In the same way every teacher has a teacher who has a teacher.
Every mentor has a mentor has a mentor.
It matters not if the runner in front of me knows that I admire (and emulate) their style. It changes nothing for them. And so it should with mentors.
Knowing that others look up to us offers us a great responsibility though. To be the best we can be.
To go the extra mile. To be the mentor we would like to be.
This is an opportunity given to each of us.
Grab it with both hands!