There's no one more valuable than a mentor. I personally have many and cherish each as a dear friend! I hope they know what a huge difference they've made in my life and career as an artist and a firefighter. I'm sure each of us can name many who have shaped and molded us into who we are today. And I can think of no better repayment than to give the same gift of friendship, leadership, and guidance to another.
This editorial is a spin-off of an illustration I created a few years back titled "Pay It Forward". Though I always liked the concept, I was never, never, never pleased with the artwork (hey, I fuss over these things!). So, I took the opportunity to redraw the commentary with a slightly updated message and fresh new look.
If you wish to repay those who showed you the way, take someone under your wing and return the favor - it's the greatest gift of all! Oh, and take a moment to thank those mentors who showed you the way, too!