I am just going to take my opportunity to state the obvious here.
Life is going to throw us some surprises.
We are going to feel disappointed, confused, hurt, clueless, hopeless, furious.
And sometimes when we are feeling any or all of those things, no one else will be around to talk to about it.
Over the years, I have watched myself struggle through these times, and later on I watched my mentees struggle as well.
I will never forget the night that one of my mentees, in the middle of just such a time as this, spent her precious sleep hours calling my fax line over and over and over again, hoping I would pick up.
This is not the goal of mentoring.