Reach out and touch me
Like a vine, hold on and grow
Entwined seek the light
What about maturity? It seems a lot of people mistake independence with maturity. Independence though doesn’t lead to maturity. More likely it leads to loneliness. Sure, when people are young or children, we teach them to be independent, to think for themselves, make their own decisions, take responsibility. But I have never seen a really great person (and great doesn’t mean famous), a great man or woman, who got there by themselves, by being independent.
They always had some mentor, somebody, who helped them to fully become what they could be, somebody to grow with. It could be a parent, it could be a teacher, or even a spouse. Another great person. Somebody, who inspired them to grow into the full stature of what they could be, sometimes unknowingly.
A word of caution: Some plants live in symbiosis, growing together, beneficial to each other. But some vines are parasitic, where one sucks the life out of the other and finally kills its host. Beware! True followers will enhance and encourage their mentor, not hold them back. Become all you can be.
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