The average life span is about 71 years. Growing up, as your brain develops, we don’t usually remember the people we meet in our daily lives until about the age of five. Now, assume that we meet one new person everyday in a “city setting” for 71 years. That’s about 26,027 people. Seeing that I’m only 16, that would mean that I’ve only met about 5,865 people (give or take a few) in my few trips around the sun. Out of those few thousand, there’s a handful of people that have really made an impact on my life. One of the biggest influencers would be my BJJTV adviser, Ms. Turner.
Ms. Turner has been such a huge support and help in my life. In the last two years, I’ve learned, loved, and lost with her by my side providing constant support. I’ve grown as a person in ways I could have never imagined. I’ve found myself looking for the good in all situations, and not focusing on every fault and flaw.
Not only has she taught me valuable life lessons that will stick with me for the rest of my life, she’s shown me her passion for journalism and producing stories in a way that leaves an impact on everyone who sees or hears them. Ms. Turner has taught me that everyone has a voice, a story, a valuable opinion, and we all have emotions. Humans have way more in common than we think. She’s always sure to make it a point that everyone deserves the same opportunities and platforms. Not once have I seen her treat anyone as if they “did not matter.”
It’s crucial growing up as a teen in today’s day and age that you have someone like Ms. Turner in your life. I can honestly say that without having her support and pep-talks, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I could never thank her enough for every opportunity, heartfelt talk, hug, etc. she’s given.
But here’s the thing, she doesn’t EXPECT a thank you. She genuinely just has an enormous heart and doesn’t expect anything in return. That’s truly an amazing quality to have.
As I grow and eventually move on past Washington High School, I will keep every memory and lesson Ms. Turner has given to me.
Thank you “MT”, you mean more to me than you will ever know.