Someone inevitably comes along with unexpected advice that will change the course of your life forever. It could be a teacher, a coach, a poet. In my case it was Alan Shapiro.
My wife and children have long heard me praise him as a wise leader who smoothed my way forward. We weren’t friends, just desk neighbors in high school English, teasing each other. But he’s made a name for himself in two separate encounters five years apart that no mentor or confidant has ever matched.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/two-chance-encounters-that-steered-my-life-college-student-career-guide-mentor-friend-11659290110 Two Chance Encounters That Steered My Life