Have you ever had a mentor or other influential person in your life who helped you along a certain path in school, work, or life in general?
Actually, I can name two people who pretty much touched my life and sent me in a new direction in life.
Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Thompson, both of whom I assume have long since retired. Mrs. Barnes was my 8th grade reading teacher and Mrs. Thompson was my 8th Grade English teacher.
Both of them are responsible for encouraging me to write, and between the two of them, I wound up having stuff submitted for both school contests and school district contests in writing.